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Army medic team expects over 1,000 Ba Kelalan folk to be vaccinated by next week

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Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong (back row, centre), flanked by Dr Amir (right) and Lawas district officer Ladin Atok, in a photo call with the CMVT team during his visit to the Ba Kelalan PPV.

MIRI (June 25): The Malaysian Armed Forces Combat Medic Vaccination Team (CMVT) in Ba Kelalan expects to administer more than 1,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to local folk by next week, said the team’s head Dr Amir Shaymi Mohd Zainal Abidin.

He said the people in Ba Kelalan have responded well to calls for them to be vaccinated, with 290 individuals turning up at the Ba Kelalan Community Hall vaccination centre (PPV) on the first day of the vaccination drive on Tuesday.

“The response from the people of Ba kelalan was beyond expectation on the first day. We are expecting over 1,000 locals to receive their first dose of the vaccine and expect to accomplish this by next Wednesday,” he said.

The CMVT team will next proceed to Long Semado for three days to vaccinate the people there and from nearby villages.

The presence of PPVs in the two localities means local folk do not have to travel to Lawas for their vaccination, a journey which would take them between six and eight hours by road.

Such a trip would mean each vaccine recipient having to pay for transportation, food and accommodation.

Meanwhile, Kampung Long Muda village chief Yudan Meru in Buduk Nur, Ba Kelalan said they appreciated the setting-up of the PPVs by the government and also the effort of the CMVT team.

“This means a lot to the people and it also spares us from the high expenses of going to Lawas,” he said.