The Pinji Kinta Vax on Wheels mobile vaccination centre (PPV) commenced operations at Taman Hoover in Pasir Pinji today (August 7).
The Perak state legislative assembly member (ADUN) for Pasir Pinji constituency, Howard Lee Chuan How said that the programme will be able to reach its target of 360 doses to be administered today and also tomorrow (August 8).
“We lowered the target for the first two days because there is a workflow to familiarise ourselves with.
“As we’ve seen today, the programme has received a very encouraging response from the local community of Taman Hoover.
“We’ll be returning to the target of up to 402 doses once the overall operation is under control.
“The PPV bus will be stationed here for six days and as planned, proceed to Taman Pinggir Sungai Pasir Pinji and SJK (C) Sam Chai, where we’ve obtained approval of the school’s management for the programme.
“The vaccine doses are supplied once every week, which would be able to benefit up to around 12,000 recipients through the initiative.”
He told reporters at the grounds of the mobile PPV in front of Master Looi Confectionery along Jalan Hoover, adding that more than 30 non-clinical volunteers are involved.
Also present were the member of parliament (MP) for Ipoh Timor, Wong Kah Woh and Canning ADUN, Jenny Choy Tsi Jen, who were volunteering in the mobile PPV’s operation.
Tang Lai Chan, 34 and from Pasir Pinji, expressed her gratitude towards the programme for enabling her to obtain the vaccine.
“I commend the team for making a go on this mobile PPV initiative. I’ve registered with MySejahtera since early July but received no updates regarding an appointment.
“Thus, I thank the entire staff of the PPV for hastening availability of the vaccine to those who’ve yet to get their vaccine jabs,” said Tang, who works as a beautician.
Another vaccine recipient of the programme is a 94-year-old senior citizen, Low Yeng Neng, who is deaf, digitally illiterate and lives on her own.
“There were people who tried to help in registering her details with MySejahtera, but no one dared to pick up the responsibility of ensuring that she gets the jab.
“As such, I took up the task and transported Low to the PPV bus here.
“Thankfully, she is in good health overall, albeit with old age inconveniences, so she didn’t experience any severe side effects of the vaccine,” Howard elaborated.
For further reading on the Vax on Wheels initiative, refer to this article by Ipoh Echo.