3,356 adolescents receive second dose of COVID vaccine

Azlan Othman

Some 3,356 students, aged between 12 and 17, yesterday received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine as part of the campaign to inoculate adolescents nationwide.

This was said by Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman at the daily press conference, who added that the vaccination drive will run from December 6-18, involving 37,089 students from schools and institutions under the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs, as well as private and international schools.

Parents and guardians are advised to follow the programme schedule for their children, said the minister, while expressing confidence that the support and cooperation shown during the first dose of the campaign will also be evident in this week’s drive.

Meanwhile, adolescents were yesterday seen in queue for the inoculation, accompanied by their parents and guardians, as early as 7.30am outside vaccination centres nationwide.

According to Acting Focal Head for the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre Mohd Nadzri bin Haji Md Adnan, some 1,307 students from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (MSPSBS) and 218 students from Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) were immunised yesterday.

He said the vaccination process ran smoothly as planned, thanks to the assistance of supervisory teachers and committee members.

An overview of the vaccination centre at Indoor Stadium yesterday. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI
Students at the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI
ABOVE & BELOW: A healthcare worker prepares a vaccine; volunteers checking the students’ details; and a student getting the second dose of the vaccine

Due to the adolescent programme, Mohd Nadzri added, the walk-in vaccination for the public has been postponed for two weeks, to December 17.

On the vaccination drive for children aged five to 11, he said the authorities are currently collecting data from public and private schools, as well as the Islamic Studies Department for Arabic and Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah to be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.

MSPSBS Deputy Principal Darlin Sia said some 1,555 students from the schools received their first dose in early November, with a few opting to receive their inoculation at other vaccination centres due to logistic reason, such as other siblings receiving the jab elsewhere or opting for a vaccination centre closer to home.

Sia also shared that 10 students have received the vaccination due to medical reasons, while some had their vaccination appointment rescheduled due to quarantine order or red BruHealth code.

While more teachers were required to check the validity of documents provided by the students during the first dose, Sia said yesterday’s process was smoother with only principal, deputy principal and volunteers needed to oversee the campaign.

Year 9 student Amanina binti Haji Ali told the Bulletin that she didn’t experience any pain during the jab, though her mother Hajah Norazlina binti Othman shared that her daughter was feeling a little nervous prior to the injection but overall, the vaccination programme was carried out as scheduled, to which she was thankful.