More volunteers required to assist vaccines

Dr Choeng invited to speak at Datuk Wee Hong Seng’s weekly live session on his Facebook.

KUCHING: There is a need for more volunteers to assist vaccine recipients at the Covid-19 mega vaccination centre at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) next month.

Commander-in-chief for Covid-19 One Stop Centre at Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Dr Choeng Yaw Liang, who is also working on the BCCK’s Covid-19 vaccination centre, said that volunteers are needed to help guide, usher and register the vaccinees at the centre especially the elderly.

“As the BCCK’s vaccination centre will start operating starting June 7, we will do a trial run on June 3 and another one on June 6,” he said during the Facebook live session hosted by Kuching City South Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng today.

He said the volunteers may be needed to be stationed at the centre for three months until Aug 31.

“The centre, later on, will not only administer the AstraZeneca vaccine but also other types of vaccines,” he said.

On whether civil servants can register as volunteers at the centre, Dr Cheong said that they are allowed to but they must inform their head of departments to get the approval.

Those who are interested to register as volunteers can contact Ting of MBKS at 010-9223705.

In responding to another question on whether volunteers will be given priority to be vaccinated, Dr Cheong said he cannot guarantee it yet.

“So far, I cannot promise whether the volunteers will get the jab first, but I can tell you that those who work in the vaccination centre at the Sarawak Indoor Stadium are all vaccinated,” he said.

On another note, Dr Cheong said that those with depression, stroke, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women can be vaccinated and it is safe for them.

“Cancer patients that are undergoing chemotherapy treatment and those with Stevens-Johnson syndrome cannot be vaccinated yet,” he said.

He added that those who had Covid-19 can only receive the vaccine after three months of recovery.

“As for patients with serious illnesses, the vaccine can only be given at a hospital and not at the vaccination centre,” said Dr Cheong.