20,000 senior citizens, OKUs, family members to receive Covid-19 vaccine at drive-through PPV in Johor

JOHOR BARU (Bernama): A total of 20,000 disabled individuals, their family members and senior citizens in Johor are expected to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the OKU Sentral drive-through vaccination centre (PPV) at the Johor Bahru City Council Aquatic Centre in Larkin here.

OKU Sentral president Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi said the PPV is the largest Covid-19 vaccination centre designated for persons with disabilities (OKUs) in the country that could accommodate many vehicles at one time, however, recipients are advised to come according to the date and time of the appointment to ensure a smooth vaccination process.

"We are targeting 20,000 individuals to receive the vaccine jabs at this PPV within two months,” she said, adding that the PPV is opened for the OKUs and three members in their family as well as for senior citizens.

"The PPV is spacious and can accommodate many cars, but recipients must come according to their appointment. We understand recipients may come later (than their appointment time) because they are from the rural areas, but we will accommodate them,” she told Bernama when met at the PPV, here on Monday (Aug 23).

Also present was Johor Baru mayor Datuk Mohd Noorazam Osman.

The PPV will operate from Aug 25 until Oct 25.

The senator said a total of 5,000 vaccination registrations have been received, adding that those wishing to register can do so online at https://forms.gle/gVXk6jeAeo8Pru1v6.

"We will also help those who are not registered as OKUs (no OKU card) because there is no discrimination as we want to help the country to achieve herd immunity as quickly as possible as well as speed up vaccination exercise in Johor," she added.

Ras Adiba said a total of 90 OKU Sentral employees, healthcare personnel as well as volunteers from Southern Volunteers will be on duty at the PPV from 9am to 5pm.

The drive-through PPV is the second vaccination centre for disabled individuals managed by OKU Sentral apart from the PPV at Sime Darby Plantation in Ara Damansara.- Bernama

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