Varsities turn their halls into vaccination centres

UTM staff members conducting a trial run at the newly set-up integrated vaccine dispensing centre at the Raja Zarith Sofiah Library.

The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) library hall in Johor Baru has been turned into a vaccine dispensing centre (PPV) until Oct 31.

The hall is located at the Raja Zarith Sofiah Library, making UTM one of the integrated PPVs in the state.

UTM PPV Management Committee chairman Abdul Razib Shahuddin said the move was part of the commitment shown by the university in supporting the government’s effort in breaking the chain of Covid-19 infection.

“We have also set up a special committee led by the Responsi-bility Centre (PTJ) together with the Kulai District Office and Johor State Government Secretariat Office (SUKJ) to oversee the operation.

“The PPV is expected to operate daily from 8am to 9pm, with a capacity of distributing 1,500 doses of vaccine per day,” he said in a statement.

UTM students and staff have volunteered to help Health Ministry officers and other agencies involved.

“The volunteers will act as a support for the 146 PPV workers.

“We hope that with the availability of this PPV in UTM, we can help push up the herd immunity target of 80% of Malaysians vaccinated,” Abdul Razib said, adding that the centre would help more communities in Johor Baru to get vaccinated.

A similar transformation has been conducted by Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), where the university’s Dewan Sultan Ibrahim is now an integrated PPV.

UTHM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Razzaly said the initiative supported the target for herd immunity.

“The centre, dubbed PPV HSI UTHM, started operations on July 15 to ensure Johoreans, especially those in Batu Pahat, get their vaccines.

“It is also the first integrated PPV under a university facility in Johor,” he said, adding that the centre could cater to 3,000 people daily, with operations starting from 8am to 8pm.

The PPV was set up with the help of the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force from the federal and state governments, SUKJ and the Batu Pahat district office.

The PPV is manned by Malaysian Armed Forces personnel, volunteers from Malaysia Vaccine Support Volunteer (MyVAC) and Southern Volunteer, UTHM staff as well as medical workers from Health Care Organisations.

“Those who have received their vaccination dates are advised to come at least half an hour early before their appointment to avoid congestion,” Prof Wahid added.

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