CM lauds operations at industrial PPVs

Abang Johari (seated centre) during his visit to Vivacity Megamall’s industrial vaccination centre (PPV) on Friday (June 25). Also seen are (front row, seated, from left) State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Dr Sim, Uggah and others. Photo: JaPen

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg visited several industrial vaccination centres (PPVs) today (June 25) to observe their operations, including two major shopping malls here – The Spring Shopping Mall and Vivacity Megamall.

The visit was in support of the malls’ efforts to accelerate the state’s Covid-19 vaccination programme towards achieving herd immunity in the community.

The Spring is repurposing its second floor into a vaccination centre and will be rolling out the vaccination programme to expedite the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) over the next six weeks.

As a result, the mall will be opening its doors to approximately 10,000 vaccine recipients, including company employees, retailers, and companies approved by the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

The dedicated team of trained healthcare professionals, including medical doctors and nurses from KPJ Kuching Specialist Hospital, worked tirelessly to administer the Sinovac vaccine to over 400 employees and tenant staff members on Thursday (June 24).

Abang Johari (centre left) observes the operations at Vivacity Megamall’s industrial vaccination centre (PPV). Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

The capacity to administer more vaccines will gradually increase to 900 people daily, over the weekend.

With the mall’s frontliners together with all tenant staff members successfully receiving the first dose, shoppers and the public can feel assured, protected, and safe when they visit the mall in the coming months.

Vaccine recipients are urged to continue observing the necessary public health measures such as mandatory use of face masks, social distancing and hand hygiene when visiting the PPV.

No walk-ins are allowed at The Spring’s Vaccination Centre as all the vaccination appointments are scheduled via the MySejahtera application.

As for Vivacity Megamall, the industrial PPV targets to vaccinate over 2,000 management and tenant staff members of the mall.

The healthcare organiser for the PPV is Klinik Perubatan Khaira led by Dr T S Khaira assisted by 20 medical staff, along with 60 non-medical and security volunteers comprising Vivacity Megamall’s own management staff.

Abang Johari (centre) interacts with one of the people waiting to be vaccinated at Vivacity Megamall’s industrial vaccination centre (PPV). Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

The vaccination centre covers the Megamall’s Ground Floor, East Atrium and the programme will be held over a four-day period this week.

The visits by the chief minister were conducted with strict adherence to all Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) as mandated by the government.

At the PPVs of both shopping malls, each dedicated station is well located, such as for registration, vaccination, observation, and so on.

Clear signage and helpful PPV staff members and volunteers help facilitate the process for the attending vaccine recipients.

Overall, the operations are very well-organised and efficient with no crowding.

The chief minister was accompanied during the visits by Deputy Chief Minister and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Local Government and Housing Minister and SDMC advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, among others.