More mobile vaccination units needed for PJ seniors

It is essential and urgent for residents and staff of old folks homes to get vaccinated against Covid-19. — filepic

MORE Covid-19 mobile vaccination units are required in the Petaling district to vaccinate seniors and other vulnerable groups in welfare homes.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said there were only two units from the Petaling Health Office currently.

He said it was insufficient as the Petaling district’s population numbered more than two million people.

“We certainly need more than two mobile vaccination units,” he said during an online press conference.

He said 42 old folks homes in Petaling Jaya had registered for the mobile vaccination programme.

He encouraged more welfare homes, including those that were operating without proper documentation, to register for vaccination.

StarMetro had on June 22 highlighted that many unregistered homes were not keen to contact the authorities to get their residents and workers vaccinated, as they feared closure.

Rajiv said the Welfare Department had submitted a list of registered homes to the Health Office for the vaccination programme.

Unregistered homes, he said, could contact his office for assistance.

“I urge these homes to register with their respective health districts.

“Bear in mind that if any caregiver at the home contracts Covid-19, the implications for residents will be bad as they are in the high-risk group,” he said.

Rajiv had earlier visited Heritage Home Care Centre in Section 2, Petaling Jaya which was selected for the vaccination programme.

The residents comprise those who are bedridden and wheelchair users.

About 16 occupants and caregivers from the home were vaccinated during the process.

Shelter homes under the Bukit Gasing constituency in need of mobile registration assistance are advised to contact or call 016-216 7490, 011-729 73810 or 017-593 1409.

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