A total of 2,446 students in Form Four and Form Five here have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday, ahead of the reopening of schools on Oct 4, said Labuan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail.
He said this represents 94.33 per cent of the 2,593 students registered for the first phase of vaccination which began on Sept 11.
"All the students, who were accompanied by their parents, were excited to have the opportunity to get the jabs.
"We are quite sure those who have received the first dose will complete the second dose before schools reopen next month," he told Bernama today.
Labuan has completed 100% vaccination against Covid-19 among its adult population on Tuesday (Sept 7), according to Labuan Disaster Management Committee chairman Rithuan Ismail.
He said the island’s adult population has completed taking the two doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus.
"Furthermore, the adult population among the immigrants on the island has also been vaccinated, thus recording 100.5% of immunised adults,” he told Bernama.
SJK(C) Chung Hwa here has been ordered to shut down for two days beginning today (Friday) after one of its pupils tested positive for Covid-19.
A notice on the matter was issued to students, parents and teachers on Wednesday (May 6).
Only 47.6 per cent of Labuan's population of 103,000 have registered for Covid-19 vaccination, said Labuan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail.
He said this was much lower compared to the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, which has achieved 99.4 per cent as of May 1.
The first batch of 150 frontliners of Labuan Nucleus Hospital received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine today.
The vaccination exercise under the National Immunisation Programme was led by the hospital’s director, Dr Adnan Musa Balidran at the hospital compound and witnessed by Labuan Health director, Dr Ismuni Bohari.
“It is our objective to ensure that the healthcare frontliners in the critical area of our hospital are Covid-19-free, and this is in the interest of the public and our patients,” Dr Ismuni told Bernama at the hospital’s vaccination centre today.
The remaining 450 frontliners at the hospital will be inoculated in stages from tomorrow.
Thirteen people were detained by police for defying standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at food premises here last night.
Acting Labuan police chief DSP Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani said all of them, aged between 28 and 48 years, were compounded RM1,000 each, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.
The Labuan Health Department beginning today made it compulsory for all travellers to present negative Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag) or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 results before being allowed to enter the duty-free-island.
Its director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the additional condition applied to all visitors and travellers across Malaysia being entering the island via Labuan ferry terminals and Labuan Airport.
“We have to enforce the stricter ruling following the increase in Covid-19 cases lately.
Covid-19 infections in Labuan have returned to double digits after 27 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, chiefly due to ignorance in adapting to the new normal and standard operating procedure (SOP).
In stating this, Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari reminded the islanders that the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet and until no effective vaccine or treatment has been found, everyone remains at risk.
Fishmongers, other vendors and workers at the busy Pasar Sentral Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here today began taking the Covid-19 test as required by the authorities after a disease cluster was detected there last week.
The wet and dry market of the UTC has remained closed since Dec 10 following detection of the Hujung Pasir Cluster involving vegetable vendors, fishmongers and visitors, with 18 cases recorded so far.
The new Covid-19 cluster of Hujung Pasir with five initial positive cases reported yesterday covers the Pasar Sentral Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) and its surroundings, involving workers, vendors and visitors at the site.
Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari said the UTC building was declared a new cluster after taking into account the repeated cases in the area.
The Labuan Financial Park Complex mall has been temporarily closed beginning today, after several workers there tested positive for COVID-19.
Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the closure, for a minimum of three days, is to allow complete sanitisation work to be done on all premises on levels one and two of the mall.
"We have given a directive for the closure beginning today as several individuals working in the complex tested positive a couple of days ago," he told Bernama today.
Beginning today, Labuan health personnel have shifted their focus in the Covid-19 active case detection, from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)-sanctioned settlements to the congested rented rooms and houses in the shoplot buildings downtown.
The integrated active case detection, in collaboration with Labuan police and the Immigration Department, is targeted at Covid-19 positive patients who may be staying there.