TWO octogenarians were among the first 200 senior citizens to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a private hospital in Johor Baru.
Abdullah Dawam, 87, said he was happy that the government was accelerating the vaccination programme for senior citizens by roping in private hospitals to serve as vaccine dispensing centres (PPV) in the state.
The retired army officer had assumed that he would have to wait long as he only registered for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme in April.
“I have no health issues, only my hearing is not good,’’ he said, when met at KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital at Jalan Abdul Samad.
Abdullah, who lives in Kampung Melayu Pandan, will have to return in 14 days to get his second dose of vaccine at the hospital.
Another senior citizen, retired hospital attendant Salleh Appandy, said he felt lucky as his children had registered him via the MySejahtera app for the vaccination programme only on May 25.
Like Abdullah, the 88-year-old Salleh from Kampung Bakar Batu, Permas Jaya also has no major health issues, except for hearing problems.
“Avoid taking sugary and carbonated drinks as too much sugar is not good for your health,’’ advised Salleh, who had served for 30 years at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital Johor Baru.
KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital is among the seven private hospitals in Johor which have been listed to administer vaccines under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme starting June 1.
The seven hospitals comprise four in Johor Baru and one each in Kluang, Batu Pahat and Muar.
KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital chief executive officer Mohd Azhar Abdullah said it had been tasked with vaccinating 1,000 recipients, the majority being senior citizens, from May 31 until June 4.
“We are willing to continue with the programme if the Health Ministry requests for it to speed up Covid-19 immunisation for Malaysians,’’ he said.