YONG PENG: A new vaccination centre (PPV) will be opening near the popular Prosperity Dragon tourist attraction here on July 18, saving the town's residents the hassle of travelling to other towns for their Covid-19 jabs.
Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is also Transport Minister, said the PPV would be set up at the multi-purpose hall within the Che Ann Khor Moral Uplifting Society here.
The society is also home to the 106.9m dragon statue launched by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar in 2016.
Dr Wee said the PPV would be able to administer 500 doses a day once it starts operating, before gradually increasing to 2, 000 daily doses from 8am to 5pm.
“The society approached my team in June and proposed that their hall be converted into a PPV to benefit members of the public.
“After a few rounds of discussions and site visits from the District Office, Health Department, Yong Peng District Council and other agencies, the plan was up and running.
“This location is suitable as a PPV as it is accessible, has ample parking space and the locals are familiar with it.
“After this, Yong Peng residents will not need to travel to Parit Raja and Batu Pahat (more than 20km away) to receive their vaccines, as they are doing now,” he told a press conference after a site visit on Sunday (July 11).
He added that the set-up work would begin on Monday and once operational, the PPV would be manned by a staff of 145 from the Health Department, district council, police, KPJ Healthcare, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and other volunteers.
The centre would have 10 vaccination booths, he added.