BY: Michelle Liew
With the vaccination programme kicking off, citizens throughout Malaysia are working hand-in-hand to ensure proper immunisation to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first phase involves some 500,000 health and non-health frontliners, with the second phase commencing with the vaccination of Covid-19 high-risk groups, namely senior citizens, vulnerable individuals with comorbidities and disabled persons.
This is expected to go on from April to August, involving around 9.4 million people. The third phase of the programme will involve adults aged 18 and above, who will be given the jabs from May this year to February next year, running concurrently with the second phase.
While the expansion of vaccination centres has been slow, it is worthy to note that the Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH) is the first private hospital chosen as a vaccination centre in the city.
As a part of its vaccination plans, the hospital provides services such as an ambulance and wheelchair assistance catered to vulnerable candidates.
As part of the VIP treatment provided by the Hospital, those who arrive for their vaccination appointments will be greeted with a buggy and accompanied by volunteers, speeding up the process and improving overall convenience.
The service offered by the hospital, which is located around 7km from the Stadium Indera Mulia vaccination centre, has become a popular choice for individuals who are eligible for vaccination after completing the necessary registration process via MySejahtera or other platforms.
Perak Chinese Maternity Association president Lee Hau Hian stated that they were proud to be involved in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
“We applied previously, and the health ministry came to the hospital and visited our vaccination centre for further inspection, including providing training before giving official approval.
“We were asked to prepare services for at least 100 vaccine recipients daily, but we hope for a higher number,” he told Bernama and RTM.
Regarding the vaccination process, he advised the public to follow the set appointments on the MySejahtera application and not come directly to the vaccination centre without a prior appointment.
“The administering of vaccine is very quick, and the appointment can be completed in around 30 minutes, starting from the registration process till getting the vaccination in a non-crowded environment,” he adds.
The vaccine is supplied by the Gunung Rapat health clinic to the hospital, which operates from 9am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. Individuals who have gotten their vaccine have praised the hospital staff for their great manners and professionalism.