102yo man the oldest among 281 folks in Ba’Kelalan to be vaccinated against Covid-19

Villagers waiting their turn to be vaccinated at Buduk Nur Community Hall, Ba'kelalan.

KUCHING, June 24: Padan Labo @ Ubung, aged 102, is the oldest man among 281 folks from eight villages in Ba’Kelalan who have ‘walked in’ and received their Covid-19 vaccinations on the first day of the immunisation programme at the district yesterday (June 23).

According to a news report by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), the recipients went directly to the vaccination centre at the Buduk Nur Community Hall without any appointments as part of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s ‘jab first, register later’ vaccination initiative for rural folks.

It said the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (Pick) in Ba’kelalan district started with an allocation of 600 first doses of vaccines to cover 10 villages while the doses today — the second day of the programme — was reserved for those in Kampung Buduk Nur and nearby villages.

Those cooperating to ensure the smooth run of vaccination works at the site were Muara Tuang Camp-based First Battalion Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) Medical Team chief Dr Amir Syahmi Zainal Abidin and staff from the Ministry of Health (MoH) Lawas District under the supervision of Dr Faridah.

Meanwhile, several met by Ukas reporters after their vaccine shots said they were not experiencing any side effects including Pastor Litad Musa who came from Long Nawi.

“I have taken my first Covid-19 vaccine dose. I feel normal and am not experiencing any pain. So, I would like to invite the residents in Ba’kelalan to get their vaccinations soon,” he said when interviewed.

Another recipient, Mackenzie Balang from Kampung Lumut, said the same thing where there were no side effects after his jab, urging others to do the same for their own safety and their family members. — DayakDaily