It’s time for teens to get stung

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KOTA KINABALU: Many teens have shown up to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus on the first day they were allowed to be vaccinated.

Delson Dennison, 15, of Luyang, who had his jab with his 13-year-old brother, said he was happy because after his second dose he could go out and go back to school.

“I can’t wait to go back to school and meet my friends,” he said.

Her mother Anita Gapilit said she wasted no time in bringing her sons for their vaccines on the first day.

“There are so many cases now and our children are always at risk because we adults go in and out of the house.

“At least now I feel more comfortable, but that doesn’t mean we’ll let our guard down,” she said.

Another 12-year-old boy, Ming, learned the importance of getting the vaccine from his parents.

“After the jab I felt a little dizzy. But after a short rest I felt better, ”said the boy, who hopes to meet his friends and teachers soon.

His mother Valery Kong, 34, said her son wanted to spend the last months of his elementary school years physically with his friends and teachers before breaking up for secondary education.

At the Universiti Malaysia Sabah vaccination center, Miriam Ajem Andrew also chose to immediately vaccinate her children, aged 16 and 17.

“Although our children are mostly at home, we parents have to go out for work and other matters. So of course there is a risk every time we go home, ”she said, adding that she felt more comfortable knowing that her children were at least partially immunized.

“With the school’s upcoming reopening, vaccination of adolescents is timely and necessary,” she added.

Sabah Health Department Director Dr Rose Nani Mudin said the latest update from the state’s immunization centers showed that many parents have brought their children to be vaccinated.

“We received information that many vaccination centers were full of parents and their children,” she said, adding that the department is also planning to organize vaccination campaigns in schools to enable pupils to receive their vaccines more easily and quickly.

“Discussions are underway with the director of national education. We hope to be able to do so before the end of this month, ”she said.

Dr Rose said daily new cases of Covid-19 in the state showed an average of 25% of those involved were between the ages of two and 17 and urged parents who were still not sure whether to do so. vaccinate their children to do so.


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