It's sleeves up, thumbs up for walk-in vaccination initiative

PETALING JAYA: The people who came for walk-in vaccinations at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre vaccination centre (PPV) say the initiative makes things very convenient, as they can get protection from Covid-19 even faster now.

Siti Hasnah Abas, 57, said she now feels safer with the vaccine protection that she got on Monday (Aug 2) through the walk-in vaccination.

“It was my son who told me that the government has announced it.

”I have been waiting for so long to get my appointment, even my other family members were already vaccinated,” she said at the PPV.

Her son, Mohd Firdaus Mohd Shah, 27, said he saw the announcement on Facebook and decided to bring his mother for the walk-in vaccination.

“All my family members, including my seven siblings and my father, already received their vaccination here.

“It was only my mother who had been waiting for her appointment, so instead of letting her wait more, I brought her here," said Mohd Firdaus, who lives in Gombak.

Thangachhimah Pulendaram, 52, said her husband and daughter already received their shots, while she was still waiting.

“I am happy that I finally got vaccinated today.

“The process was also smooth and convenient,” said Thangachhimah, who was accompanied by her daughter.

Shalu Asokan, 18, accompanied her mother for the long-awaited vaccination.

“My mother has been waiting for her appointment for over a month already so we decided to come for the walk-in vaccination today,” the student from Sentul said.

Under the walk-in arrangement, Malaysian citizens in the Klang Valley aged above 40 or with comorbidities can get their vaccinations at several PPVs from Monday (Aug 2) followed by those aged above 18 from Aug 5.

The KLCC PPV3 walk-in area comprises HCO F, G and H, and can accommodate up to 8,000 people at maximum capacity.

“Although we are prioritising citizens, even if we receive foreigners here we would assess accordingly before giving them the vaccine.

“The individual must have comorbidity or be over 40. If not, we will redirect them to the specially designated non-Malaysian PPV at Bukit Jalil National Stadium to wait for their turn on Aug 9,” KLCC PPV3 manager Dr Zaisuria Azmi said.

As at 2pm, Dr Zaisuria said more than 500 people had come for the walk-in vaccination.

“We encourage the public to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

“If they have still not received an appointment, please come to the selected PPVs to get vaccinated,” she added.

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