HOUSEWIFE Ow Tok Kin, 70,was all smiles as she finally got vaccinated to protect herself and her family from the deadly virus.
“I received a notification from the MySejahtera app last Friday morning and a representative from the hospital also called me in the afternoon to confirm the time for my appointment.
“I am happy to be the first person in my family to receive the jab.
“Since I am staying with two of my grandchildren aged 11 and 14, it is better for me to get vaccinated to protect them and myself.”
Ow said since the Covid-19 outbreak last year, she seldom stepped out from her house as she was in the high-risk category.
“Initially, I was worried about the side effects of the vaccine but my friends and family were very encouraging.
“Some of my classmates had received their vaccines and I felt relieved after hearing their experiences, ” she said yesterday.
Ong Hock Cheng, 69, who runs a printing business, said he lost some sleep the night before his vaccination appointment.
“I was a bit anxious and I did not get much sleep. I was worried about the vaccine and its possible side effects.
“I am thankful everything went smoothly today. The whole process was quick and painless. It felt like a mosquito bite. I can still drive home alone to get some rest.”
Despite being a diabetic with high cholesterol and hypercoagulability condition, retired security guard Md Razak Yusoff, 69, came all the way from Gelugor to get his vaccine shot.
“My niece was kind enough to drive me here from my home. I’m actually excited to get vaccinated and everything went well.
“I hope that the public can register themselves and get vaccinated as soon as possible to achieve herd immunity, ” he said.
Ow, Ong and Md Razak were among 99 people who joined the government’s vaccination programme held at a private hospital.
Pantai Hospital Penang chief executive officer Pan Wen Lek said they assigned between 30 and 50 in-house staff members to help out.
“We will offer vaccination to about 100 people from Monday to Friday for six months.
“The recipients will also be given a goodie bag consisting of face masks, a face shield and breakfast bun from our bakery, ” he said.
The first mega mass vaccination centre at Setia SPICE Arena was also fully operational to dispense the AstraZeneca vaccines. Some 1,000 people received their jabs yesterday.