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Bernama news in brief (COVID-19), Tuesday, June 22

23/06/2021 12:04 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 -- The following is a compilation of Bernama news-in-brief on COVID-19 vaccination programmes in several states today:

The Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) vaccination centre (PPV) in Penang began operations yesterday at two separate locations, namely, at the Main Student Hall at the main campus and at Sains @ Bertam in Kepala Batas involving several categories, namely health workers, operations staff and volunteers among USM staff and students.

Daily operations manager Mohd Rashid Abdul Rejab said the maximum capacity at both PPVs was around 200 to 1,000 people per day.

“USM is also making preparation for the drive-through vaccination method but, since the PPV only started operating yesterday, we still need time to coordinate the vaccination process in detail. Nevertheless, the method will be activated as soon as possible,” he told reporters today.


The private hospital vaccination centre (PPVHS) at the KPJ Pasir Gudang Specialist Hospital is the first one in Johor to provide a drive-through vaccination facility to further smoothen the process of COVID-19 vaccination, specifically for comorbidity individuals, stroke patients or persons with disabilities (PwD).

KPJ Pasir Gudang Specialist Hospital chief executive officer Hazarul Azly Hamzah said 10 individuals had been vaccinated via the drive-through method since it began last week.

“Twenty-five workers are involved in the vaccination process. Vaccine recipients only have to wait in the car and our personnel will go to them for the vaccination process. It only takes about 15 to 30 minutes, including observation after inoculation,” he told reporters today.


The mobile vaccination centre (PPV) at the Sibu Islamic Welfare Trust Board (LAKIS) at Jalan Awang Ramli Amit in Sibu, Sarawak will be open for five days from tomorrow, with a capacity for 400 vaccine recipients a day.

Sarawak Housing and Public Health assistant minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said a team from the Ninth Infantry Brigade at Camp Oya would fully handle the PPV while the Sibu Bumiputra Graduates Association, in collaboration with an e-hailing company, would provide vehicles to ferry village residents without transportation to the PPV.

“The PPV can vaccinate 50 people an hour and it is set up for the nearby villages. In addition, the mobile PPVs also started operating at 34 longhouses in the Nangka State Assembly constituency today to vaccinate the residents there,” he added.


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