Pangkor Island To Be The Next COVID-19 Free Destination

Pangkor Island

Pangkor Island, Perak is targeting to be the next destination to reach ‘herd immunity’ after Labuan federal territory.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has started its second phase of the Tourism Recovery Plan in Pangkor Island with a mass vaccination programme to prepare the island as the next Covid-19 Free Destination.

Pangkor Island has been selected to pilot Phase 2 of MOTAC’s COVID-19 Free Destination Programme. It is expected to reach the target of 80% of the group’s immunity level by early September this year.

Following the pilot destination Langkawi, Kedah in Phase 1, more islands will follow suit in an attempt to revive the tourism industry, such as Redang Island, Perhentian Island, Tioman Island, and many others.

 In cooperation with Manjung’s District & Land Office and District Health Office, the vaccination outreach programme aims to achieve herd immunity for the island’s population. At least 8,026 people are eligible to receive the vaccine from the total projected population of 11,500 in Pangkor Island.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri in her official visit to Pulau Pangkor’s Women and Children Health Clinic today said that the vaccination programme has started on 16th July 2021 for three (3) days a week (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for eight (8) consecutive weeks.

 It is targeted to vaccinate at least 540 people per day. “Based on the records of the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) in Manjung District, the first dose is expected to be completed on 8th August, followed by the second dose on 13th August 2021. Hence, it is estimated that Pangkor Island will achieve its herd immunity in early September,” she added.

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