Retired couple travel 127km to get their shots

First dose: Azmah and Idris after getting their shots at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre PPV in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: An elderly couple drove for almost two hours from Batu Pahat to get their AstraZeneca shots at the mega vaccination centre (PPV) at the Persada Interna-tional Convention Centre here.

Retired school principal Idris Ahmad, 67, and his wife Azmah Hairun, 64, were determined to be vaccinated so they went on a 127km journey from their home in Batu Pahat.

Under the ongoing national lockdown, inter-district and interstate travel are allowed for people who have vaccination appointments.

Idris said they left their home after subuh (dawn) prayers just to be at the PPV in time.

“There were not many vehicles along the highway due to the movement control order. It was a nice, slow drive.

“Both of us had looked forward to getting the vaccine, ” he said at the PPV here yesterday.

Idris said he was very happy that both he and his wife got the same appointment dates when their children registered their names through the MySejahtera app.

Azmah, a retired teacher, urged those who had yet to be registered for the vaccine to immediately do so, which would help protect Malaysians against Covid-19.

“I told all my family members to get vaccinated. But if they are still stubborn, then they should not come and see me at all.

“If you really love your family, get vaccinated as there is nothing to be afraid of, ” she said, adding that it took them less than half an hour to get their AstraZeneca jabs.

Checks by The Star at the PPV in Persada found people starting to form a queue as early as 7am.

The presence of army personnel together with police, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force and People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and volunteers from non-governmental groups helped manage the large crowd.

An express lane is also provided for the elderly and disabled.

Vaccine recipients would have to go through five different stations at the PPV, with the first for symptom and temperature screening, station two for registration, station three for consultation and authorisation, station four for vaccination, and station five for observation.

The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) had previously announced that the second round of administering the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine would be held from June 7 to July 27 at PPVs in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor and Sarawak.

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