THE Titiwangsa and Taman Desa Tasik stadiums in Kuala Lumpur will be the Covid-19 vaccination centres in Phase 2 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) executive director (socio-economic development) Anwar Mohd Zain said the two venues were selected based on Health Ministry (KKM) specifications.
“The first phase (of inoculation) will be carried out at government clinics and hospitals starting March 1.
“For the second phase, we may need more venues for the vaccination programme. So far the two stadiums are confirmed, ’’ he told StarMetro, adding that the immunisation exercise would take about a year to complete.
Anwar said DBKL would seek funds from the Federal Government for the management of the two stadiums that were popular venues for sporting, cultural and community events.
“We are dealing with sensitive matters like storage of vaccines and medical equipment, so it is likely that we may need to keep the power running 24-hours at these two venues.
“And with water and frequent sanitisation, it is going to cost a lot of money, ’’ he said, justifying the need for the extra funding.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa and senior ministry officials, he said, would probably be among the first to receive the vaccination in Phase 1, along with a few thousand frontliners in DBKL.
These frontliners, Anwar said, would include over 1,000 DBKL enforcement officers, health officers, sanitation staff as well as counter staff.
“We have already submitted a list to KKM. While this is not mandatory, I hope those wanting to skip it will think carefully before making a final decision, ’’ he added.