More education institutions to have vaccination centres soon

Noraini: Support and recognition are important motivational factors that lead to greater contributions.

A TOTAL of 38 higher education institutions (HEI) have been identified as vaccination centres (PPV) in the country.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said this is the latest number of identified PPV HEI as of July 19.

“These include public and private universities, university teaching hospitals and polytechnics.

“These PPVs have the capacity to provide 35,000 doses of vaccines per day, or 1.05 million doses per month,” she said during a virtual speech at the ministry’s Excellent Services Award 2020 ceremony on July 22.

Last month, she announced that the ministry had formed a special team to identify public varsities and university teaching hospitals that have the potential to be PPVs.

Another 19 more HEI PPVs are in the works, she had said, which will bring the total HEI PPVs to 41.

She said the suggestion for turning some HEI as PPVs is meant to assist the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme by providing more points for citizens to be vaccinated.

Commenting on the Excellent Services Award 2020, Noraini said a total of 1,212 ministry staff received the award.

She said it is one of the methods the government practises in recognising its employees who show excellent work performance.

“May this recognition inject enthusiasm and inspire you to become a role model to all of our staff in creating an excellent employment ecosystem,” she said.

Drawing from the ‘Runners’, ‘Walkers’, ‘Joggers’ or ‘Riders’ analogies in an organisation from author Ron Clark’s book “Move Your Bus”, Noraini said the Excellent Services Award 2020 winners consist of ‘Runners’ or, at the very least, ‘Joggers’.

She described them as having high determination in their career trajectory and always having a desire to improve themselves and their abilities.

“Therefore, it is imperative that the ‘Runners’ and ‘Joggers’ are given appropriate support and recognition to enable them to continue being motivated to contribute to the organisation.”

Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mansor Othman and Higher Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Mazlan Yusoff.

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