NGO awaits more vaccines to reach rural folk

Azlinda (right) speaking to vaccine recipients at the PPR Sri Stulang Community Hall in Johor Baru.

THE Prihatin Johor Welfare Association (Prihatin Johor) is looking for increased vaccine supply from Health Ministry to vaccinate more rural folk through its Prihatin Johor Mobile Vaccination Tour programme.

Prihatin Johor director Datuk Azlinda Abd Latif said her association was recently tasked with vaccinating the B40 community at the Sri Stulang People’s Housing Project (PPR), Johor Baru.

She said 600 people had been vaccinated through the programme which targeted the elderly.

“The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) gave us the go-ahead to administer vaccines to the poor, elderly and those who are bedridden in PPR Sri Stulang.

“We were able to vaccinate 600 people out of 4,000 people living in the area,” she said when contacted.

She also said that the non-governmental organisation (NGO) had been permitted to extend its immunisation campaign to those living in rural regions or outskirts of the city.

“We intend to assist those living outside the city, who have physical difficulties going to the closest vaccination centre (PPV) or those without means of transportation.

“That is why we developed the mobile vaccination tour programme,” she explained, adding that this was one of the reasons PPR Sri Stulang was selected as the first destination.

“Although this PPR is close to the PPV at Mid Valley and Persada International Convention Centre, there are still many who cannot get there due to mobility issues.”

Azlinda said the programme was the first of its kind in Johor and so far three sessions had been completed on July 18, 24 and 28.

“One of the primary reasons we received CITF’s approval is because we have our own team of 20 medical and 50 non-medical volunteers participating in the programme.

“We even have a pharmacist and a medical expert.

“Our reach, however, will depend entirely on how many doses we receive from Health Ministry.

“We are always willing to assist in the government’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme to help achieve herd immunity faster,” Azlinda added.

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