Growing concern among Malaysians about overcrowding at PPVs

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have expressed concern about overcrowding at vaccination centres (PPV) after images and videos emerged on social media of long queues and large crowds.

This has prompted police to urge employers not to send their staff too early to the vaccination centres in order to avoid overcrowding.

Malaysians have since taken to social media to express their concern.

"People need to stop being selfish. We need to follow SOPs and go for our vaccines according to the time given. Stop being selfish," said Sujin Son, commenting on a Facebook post by The Star.

"These employers cannot be so selfish. They are endangering the lives of other vaxxers. The police should not only urge these employers to stop but also stop people from overcrowding the PPVs," Facebook user Ricardo White said.

On Wednesday (July 28), Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said employers were advised to only send their employees for vaccination according to their appointment times.

"We urge them not to send their workers too early as it would lead to crowding.

"Many foreign workers from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Negri Sembilan were sent to the KLCC vaccination centre which led to the situation that went viral," he said when contacted.

Agreeing with ACP Mohamad Zainal, social media users questioned why these individuals had come early even though walk-ins would only be entertained from Aug 1.

Many feared that the situation could lead to new clusters formed at PPVs.

"This is asking for 20k cases a day. We do not want this," said Kieran Jeevan.

"The authorities need to take... responsibility to do something about this. Of course employers want to vaccinate their employees, but something needs to be done," user Izat Izuddin said.

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