YONG Peng residents who received their Covid-19 vaccine at the newly-opened Covid-19 vaccination centre (PPV) in the town have given the place a thumbs up.
Among them were retiree Teo Kim Seng, 69, and his wife Peh Lai Ngoh, 68, who arrived at the PPV on a motorcycle after a short five-minute ride from their house in Taman Sri Aman.
“We registered for the vaccine last week after learning that a PPV would be opening in Yong Peng.
“We received our appointment notification a few days later and were lucky to get our appointments on the same day.
“It was also quite exciting to be among the first to receive our jab at the newly-opened PPV, set up in the multipurpose hall at the Yong Peng Che Ann Khor Moral Uplifting Society.
“The location is very accessible and convenient for Yong Peng folk, especially for old people like us who are unable to travel far as our children don’t live with us,” he said when interviewed.
The vaccination process for the couple took about 30 minutes, he added.
Another senior citizen, Asmah Ali, 77, was initially hesitant to get the Covid-19 vaccine as she was concerned about its side effects.
Her 24-year-old granddaughter Nur Shamimi Johara, who accompanied her to the PPV, said it took her family a few months to convince the elderly woman to be vaccinated.
“My grandmother suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney problems, which made her worry about the after-effects of the vaccine on her health.
“My family and I tried our best to advise and convince her.
“After watching the news on TV about the deaths caused by Covid-19, she finally agreed and we helped her sign up for the vaccination last week,” she said.
Asmah said she was nervous before the injection due to her fear of needles.
“It turned out to be quick and painless. I feel thankful that everything went smoothly and the staff at the centre were helpful,” she added.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is also Ayer Hitam MP, said the PPV would be opened for six weeks to inoculate Yong Peng and Ayer Hitam residents.
He said the centre had 20 vaccination stations and could vaccinate a maximum of 2,000 individuals a day.
“I managed to speak to some of the residents who received their vaccination and the general feedback was satisfactory.
“Well done to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force, Health Ministry, Yong Peng District Council, Batu Pahat District Office, healthcare organiser (of the PPV) and all volunteers for their efforts in ensuring a smooth and comfortable vaccination process,” he said during his visit to the PPV.