New arts hub in mall serving as PPV for retail industry


The RiVAC programme at 1 Utama Shopping Centre is targeting 21,000 retail employees and frontliners for vaccination.

THE newly built Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre (PJPac), has been converted into a full-fledged industry vaccination centre (PPVIN) prioritising the immunisation of retail employees and mall frontliners.

The venue, which began serving as a PPVIN on July 27, is located at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya and is in line with the government’s aim to accelerate the retail industry vaccination programme (RiVAC).

“This inoculation drive is by appointment only and has the capacity to administer up to 100 people per hour and a total of 1,000 people a day.

“We are hoping to vaccinate 21,000 retail and mall employees from 1 Utama and surrounding malls by the end of this period,” said the mall’s operations general manager Samantha Lee.

The drive takes place until Sept 7.

Lee added that the safety of those coming to receive their vaccinations along with frontliners at the venue, were their utmost priority, stating how sanitisation and disinfection exercises were constantly effected.

“We hope that efforts through the RiVAC programme can ensure a return to normality for the retail and shopping mall industry so we can finally welcome shoppers back to our premises,” she added.

Employees from surrounding malls and retail outlets are welcome to register under the RiVAC programme at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in efforts to reach the next stage of the National Recovery Plan.

Lee added that frontliners would be given an exclusively designed badge to wear upon being fully vaccinated.

“This will provide easy identification for shoppers to feel safe when being served here, and to know they are in a secure environment,” she said.

Choong Mun Kit, who received his first dose of the vaccine here, said the process was efficient, with instructions made clear at all stations.

“I was anxious initially but the nerves disappeared upon completing my first dose,” added Choong, who is Axelos Global Best Practice Asia Pacific regional manager.

Massage therapist Darwati, 37, shared that the service provided by frontliners at the venue was top-notch.

“Everybody was very kind and helpful at each station and I am very happy to receive my first dose here,” she said.

Another recipient, Ahmad Fuad Ab Ghani, said the entire process from registration to completing the vaccination was smooth.

“I came here expecting a crowd as seen on social media but was surprised as there were not many recipients,” said the 24-year-old.

The initiative is in collaboration with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force and is specifically for those working in the retail industry.

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