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Name list of religious workers being compiled for vaccination – Dr Annuar

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Nursiah brings her mother out of the vaccination centre and the end of the post-injection observation period.

SIBU (June 24): The An-Nur Mosque committee is currently compiling the names of staffers and workers from various religious bodies here, to have them undergo Covid-19 vaccination at Dewan Lakis.

This was disclosed by Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee, who said the committee has so far compiled about 150 names from various religious bodies as well as temples and churches.

“We are still compiling the name list of their staffers and those working at the places of worships. They are the people who will mix with a lot of people during religious activities such as prayers, Mass, services and so forth.

“We want them to be given the vaccination as soon as possible,” he told reporters when met at the vaccination centre at Dewan Lakis yesterday, adding the committee would set a specific date for their vaccination.

He also said that if the numbers are big, he would discuss with Rejang Medical Centre whether the facility could accommodate more people to be vaccinated.

Dr Annuar, who is Assistant Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research, said was grateful that Dewan Lakis commenced operation yesterday as a mobile vaccination centre.

He said the vaccination at the hall is a collaboration between the Ninth Infantry Brigade, An-Nur Mosque and Sibu Islam Welfare Trust Board.

He said vaccination, which will take place for five days until this Sunday (June 27), aimed to administer between 500 and 600 doses daily.

“The Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) of the village nearby An-Nur Mosque will submit the names to our call team who will then contact these people to come for vaccination according to their respective appointment.

“There will be no walk-in vaccination because we do not want this place to be overcrowded or chaotic. We use the appointment system, and these people can go home within half an hour after being administered with the vaccine,” he said.

He added that for starters, only 400 doses would be administered yesterday but the number may be increased to 600 or even 700 doses if the process ran smoothly.

“As of now, we have about 3,000 people registered with our call team. We are trying to increase our effort to make sure that vaccination can be given to as many people as possible and as soon as possible.”

He also said that a total of 39 personnel from the Ninth Infantry Brigade were stationed at Dewan Lakis for the vaccination process.

Meanwhile, Nursiah Abdullah, 59, told The Borneo Post she was delighted that her 86-year-old mother Bawing Kana finally received her first dose of the vaccine yesterday.
“I am very happy. I received my first dose last week and now my mother has received her first dose.

“I’ve been looking forward to the vaccination because it is for our health and it is important to protect us from getting infected with Covid-19,” she said.