Written by: Robin SY
As reported by: Adammyrehab
Date: 10:00 AM, Friday, 23 July 2021
Location: Bukit Jalil PPV
Just last week, the daily number of vaccine doses administered surpassed 500,000 for the first time. This comes as Malaysia has been rapidly ramping up its vaccination rate as the daily confirmed cases have been averaging around the 13,000 mark. The National Covid-19 Immunization Programme has been criticized as many Malaysians have yet to receive their appointments, for its slow roll-outs, website and MySejahtera glitches, including a long list of other reasons. However, credit has to be given where it’s due as the experience and the efficiency of the whole vaccination process at the vaccination centres (PPV) have been seriously impressive.
Clean, efficient, friendly, and rapid, it is admirable considering that the country is vaccinating hundreds of thousands of recipients every single day. For many, it took less than 20 minutes to receive their jabs. The health personnel and staff on duty were friendly and always ready to help those in need of any assistance. For those that are worried about being unfamiliar with where you should go and what is required of you when you arrive at the vaccination centres, you do not have to worry at all as you will be assisted throughout the whole process from the very moment you arrive at your respective vaccination centres.
Before getting vaccinated, the health personnel administering your vaccine will inform you of the dosage and the name of the vaccine to ensure that you are being inoculated with the correct one. This has become a requirement following recent incidents of recipients being inoculated with a reduced dosage and also empty syringes. That being said, do ensure that you properly check the syringe and the vaccine that you will be receiving as well to be certain. Khairy also confirmed last Friday that you will be allowed to record your vaccination process not just for memory’s sake, but also as a way to avoid ‘empty syringe’ incidents.
As much as the staff and operations deserve to be lauded for its systematic, smooth process, the rakyat (recipients) deserve to be praised as well. Recipients can be seen adhering to the SOPs and being at their appointments on time to ensure that congestion is avoided and also to ensure that the overall vaccination process can be smooth. As seen in the video above, a recipient can even be seen taking extra measures to disinfect the chair using a spray gun. Physical distancing is also ensured to avoid contact with others as much as possible. Recipients are also advised to bring their own pens as they will be required to fill up a consent form. Most recipients were not aware of this, especially during the first opt-in vaccination for the AstraZeneca jab hence pens were being passed around and it’s generally something that should be avoided.
As of 23 July 2021, a third of Malaysia (33.4%) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, which is certainly encouraging. Walk-in vaccinations will also soon be available for those living in Klang Valley who have yet to receive their jabs, which is an important move as the majority of cases in Malaysia have been reported in the Klang Valley alone. That being said, it is important that the rakyat continues to be vigilant by adhering to the SOPs. We as Malaysians have come so far, feeling extremely fatigued as we have been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for over a year now where the current situation is at its worst. Let’s hope that the vaccination speed will ramp up and continue at this rate, as the faster the vaccination rate, the sooner we’ll be able to achieve herd immunity.
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