The Covid-19 situation in Malaysia stubbornly refuses to ameliorate.
As of 19th July 2021, Malaysia ranks around 32nd place, on a global scale, in terms of the number of active cases. This is bad. On the bright side, Malaysia ranks 4th highest in the global vaccination rate! With nearly 545 vaccination administration centres nationwide, the percentage of vaccinated people continue to increase.
However, due to the overwhelming number of people getting vaccinated at these centres, the front liners and healthcare workers are truly being spread too thin. They work tirelessly to administer vaccines and keep things running smoothly, but even they have their limits. These centres are in desperate need of volunteers to step up and help facilitate in any way possible.
Recently stepping up to the scene, is singer-songwriter Daiyan Trisha, who jumped at the opportunity to volunteer weekly at the UKM vaccination centre. She had been wanting to contribute in some way or another since May and decided that this was how she could lend a helping hand. She also says that the whole volunteering experience has helped with her mental health as she feels that she is to a certain extent, doing her part to better the declining situation instead of sitting idle at home. She also gets to socialise and be around people, which she has truly missed.
Daiyan encourages people to not only get vaccinated but to become volunteers as well! The 28-year-old avows how she was clueless at first as to what the volunteering duties would entail, but quickly realised once she started, that it was actually very easy; people just needed the ‘semangat’ to do it. She was able to grasp the different roles at every checkpoint and explained that her volunteering experience so far has included duties such as keying in data, guiding people to where they need to go, educating people on the whole vaccination process and keeping them informed on pre and post vaccination tips.
By volunteering, Daiyan has found a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation towards those who are risking their lives on a daily basis to make sure that others are safe and that they get the healthcare they need.
The front liners and healthcare workers are welcoming all the help they can get. Do you want to step up and contribute too? You can apply to become a volunteer here.