SHAH ALAM: After almost six months of playing a pivotal role in administering inoculations against Covid-19,
the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) mega vaccination center (PPV) finally called it a day on Sunday (Oct 3) evening.
After vaccinating a final batch of people, the PPV, which started operations on May 24, closed it doors at 5.00pm.
For the PPV's manager Dr Nur Es Naini Awalludin, the closing ceremony was a bittersweet moment.
“I am going to miss the personnel and the volunteers who have been on duty here because we have become close over the months,’’ said Dr Nur Es Naini.
According to Dr Nur Es Naini, who is from the Petaling district health office, the IDCC PPV had vaccinated 570,359 people since it opened its doors on May 24 right up to 5.00pm Sunday.
“Of these, 358,397 people received the AstraZeneca vaccine and 211,962 people received the Sinovac vaccine," said Dr Nur Es Naini.
She said some 500 personnel from eight agencies as well as volunteers had manned the two halls at the IDDC PPV, throughout the vaccination exercise.
Dr Nur Es Naini said she had gained much experience in managing the PPV in terms of coordinating and seeing to the smooth running of the inoculation exercise.
“It was truly an eye opening experience and a historical event for all of us who had served at the PPV," said Dr Nur Es Naini adding that she would now go back to her duties at the Petaling district health office.
Her biggest challenge, said Dr Nur Es Naini, was when the PPV had to close down for a day after 204 of its volunteers tested positive for Covid-19 on July 10.
“I had been appointed as manager of the PPV less than a week before the incident happened.
“I too had to go on a ten-day quarantine as I was a close contact of those who had tested positive," Dr Nur Es Naini recalled.
She added that none of those infected showed severy symptoms and all recovered quickly as everyone had already been vaccinated at least once at the time of the incident.
Dr Nur Es Naini said following the one-day closure, new personnel and volunteers were brought in to replace those who had been placed on quarantine.
She narrated how all the personnel and volunteers who were quarantined had returned to their duties energised and with a stronger conviction to help the nation battle the Covid-19 pandemic.
“There was a strong sense of togetherness after that experience at the PPV," she added.
R. Tamilchelvan, who received both his doses at the IDCC PPV, said it was a good location to go to.
“There was ample parking and the place was so big that there was sufficient space for physical distancing even if the crowd was big," he said.
Azman Ismail, who also received both his doses there with his wife Nooriza Abu Bakar, concurred that the IDCC was a good location for a PPV.
“Besides ample parking, access to get to the place is also easy," he added.
Of his experience, Azman said because he had gone there on the first day, people who had not received their appointments were allowed to walk in, and it was quite crowded and chaotic during his first dose.
“But when my wife and I went for our second dose, it was very orderly and quick,’’ he added.