IT was a hassle-free process for retiree Lee Kee Gim who was among the first to receive her vaccine at the drive-thru facility at Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) main campus in Gelugor, Penang.
The 67-year-old who received her second dose of the Sinovac vaccine said getting vaccinated while inside a vehicle at a drive-thru was indeed a new experience for her.
“I received my first dose earlier at the PPV here in USM and was happy to find out that I could use the drive-thru service for my second dose.
“It was a smooth and enjoyable trip for me as I travelled from Ayer Itam.
“This makes everything easier and safer. There is less contact and I did not have to move around or get down from my vehicle,” she said when met at the university campus yesterday.
Lee was among the first 100 vaccine recipients to get their second dose at the drive-thru facility which opened yesterday.
Raffidah Hussain, 38, said she was happy with the alternative vaccination process.
“This is definitely the best way for us to get our jabs. It is quick, hassle-free and easy.
“All we have to do is drive through, get our jabs, then wait in our vehicles for 15 minutes and we can head home right away.
“We did not have to worry about issues like parking, waiting long or close physical contact,” she added.
PPV@USM main committee chairman Prof Dr Md Roslan Hashim said this is the first drive-thru station involving a public institution of higher learning in the state.
“For the first day, we have 100 recipients but the capacity will soon be increased up to 200 recipients a day.
“But as this drive-thru service is only intended for vaccine recipients who are receiving their second dose, there are other criteria as well.
“They include the requirement for the vaccine recipient to be a passenger and not the driver of the vehicle.
“The vaccine recipient must also agree to be vaccinated through the drive-thru and after receiving the jab, the recipient must be observed for a minimum 15 minutes,” he explained.
He said besides the drive-thru, USM is also operating a static PPV at its Dewan Utama Pelajar which began on June 21, on top of another static PPV at its branch campus in Bertam, Kepala Batas.
“Presently, we administer 800 doses throughout our facilities daily with 400 administered from our campus in Bertam.
“A total of 200 volunteers from USM are helping to maintain the operations of our PPVs,” he said.
He said the drive-thru at USM is open from 9am to 1pm daily, while its static PPVs are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm.