Provide bigger venues for teen vaccination

Julian Tan
Julian Tan

KUCHING: The state government has been asked to provide bigger venues for the vaccination of teenagers aged between 12 and 17.

Former Stampin MP Julian Tan suggested that the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) could be used for such a purpose.

“We urge the state government to use better and much bigger, well-equipped facilities such as the BCCK for the purpose.

“Why is it not used, and why the need to rush just a few days before schools reopen? Using bigger venues is better for the public and reduces the risk of spreading the virus as compared to the more congested centres,” he said.

He made the suggestion after visiting the SJK Chung Hua Pending and Dewan Majma PPVs here on Saturday where he received public complaints of congestion.

Tan, who is special assistant to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the authorities must ensure adequate facilities for the vaccination process.

This would ensure smooth process and comfort of those involved by providing enough cooling fans for those waiting during the current hot weather.

“Secondly, rally more volunteers who can help longer hours with their laptops to address bottleneck issues during data entry.

“Longer hours (are also needed) to ensure time will not be wasted on the need to re-train volunteers during each shift. A one to two-hour shift is too short,” he said.

Tan added that the state government should allow members of the public who are qualified to volunteer at the PPVs to assist in the vaccine rollout and address the current lack of staff.