SIXTY-one senior citizens living at Persatuan Kebajikan Rumah Victory Malaysia in Taman Bukit Kuchai, Puchong received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han, said 61 seniors and 30 workers including volunteers had been vaccinated.
Ng visited the home for the elderly to witness the AstraZeneca vaccine being administered to the seniors.
It was carried out by Petaling District Health Department frontliners.
“Up until today, seniors in 30 elderly care homes in Puchong have been given their vaccines.
“Petaling district has two outreach teams with 15 frontliners each and this is not enough.
“The Health Ministry needs to have more outreach teams to enable a bigger segment of the population to be vaccinated.
“The population in Puchong is high but there is no Covid-19 vaccination centre and the nearest centre is in Sunway,” he said.
Ng added that he received numerous complaints of senior citizens who had to cross borders to vaccination centres in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Sungai Long, Klang and Shah Alam.
“If the Sunway vaccination centre cannot cope with demand for the surrounding population, then it is better to set up a vaccination centre in Puchong,” he added.
Ng said he had sent a letter to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) with a request to set up a centre in Puchong Indah to administer the vaccines.
Meanwhile, Rumah Victory general affairs superintendent Loo Choon Teng said the home was grateful that the Petaling District Health Department came over to vaccinate the elderly residents there.
“Our home opened in 2004. We have 41 men and 26 women, aged between 60 and 93.
“We are happy that the government has made it a priority for
the seniors to get the first dose of the much-needed vaccine,” he said.