By Mei Kuan
Targeted to carry out one hundred vaccinations per day, the Perak Community Specialist Centre (PCSH) began administering COVID-19 vaccinations under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme today (May 31), thus making it the first private hospital to be made a Vaccination Centre (PPV) in Ipoh.
The latest milestone is an initiative and voluntary effort of the community-based, not-for-profit hospital in reaching out to the community by assisting the government to accelerate the number of vaccinations delivered to the people.
Dato’ Lee Hau Hian, President of The Perak Chinese Maternity Association (TPCMA) shared, “About 20 personnel comprising doctors, nurses and staff are assigned at the Vaccination Centre. All staff members wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face shields, follow the necessary protocols including social distancing and adhere to the Ministry’s requirements. Today, the recipients range from 84 years old to 101 years old. The oldest recipients are a 101-year-old male named Cheong Chee Teik residing at Taman Song Choon and a 101-year-old female named Yong Siew Yin from a nursing home in Ipoh.”
Recipients are made up of those who register via the MySejahtera app or the official website (www.vaksincovid.gov.my) where the vaccination date will be determined by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Do take note that recipients for vaccinations are selected and assigned by the government, not by PCSH. Only those who have registered and are allocated an appointment may turn up for the vaccination. Walk-ins are not accepted.
Presently, the Sinovac vaccine is being administered and is supplied by the Gunung Rapat Health Clinic. The vaccines are assigned by the MOH and cannot be chosen.
According to Lee, the vaccination process at the Vaccination Centre along Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun follows the same procedures and practices as those implemented in government Vaccination Centres. Rest assured that there are parking spots galore and the attentive staff members are ever ready to assist.
Present were members of TPCMA including Dato’ Lim Si Boon, Honorary General Secretary; Tham Chee Phing, Honorary Treasurer in addition to Nicholas Chan, Chief Executive Officer of PCSH; Dr. Ng Seng Yew, Resident General Surgeon and Dr. Muhd Mikhail Joseph, Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee cum Resident Physician.
The Vaccination Centre at PCSH is open from Monday till Friday from 9am till 4pm.
Since April, PCSH activated a counter for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme under the purview of the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force where the hospital’s team will assist members of the public in registering for vaccination on the MySejahtera app or official website (www.vaksincovid.gov.my). The counter is open from Monday till Friday from 8.30am till 5pm at the PCSH lobby.
With history dating back to 117 years ago, PCSH was established by a group of philanthropists, doctors and caring members of the community. From its humble beginnings as a 6-bedded hospital rendering maternity services to Chinese families in the tin-mining community in Perak, today it is a 69-bedded multi-disciplinary specialist hospital and one of the oldest community hospitals in Malaysia.