Congestion at PPVs needs to be reduced, says Dr Yii

Dr Kelvin speaking to a volunteer during his recent visit to BCKK

By John Isaac

THE Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) should look at mobilising more vaccine administrators at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) to speed up the current vaccination rate.

This can also help ease the congestion in other PPVs including the one at Stadium Perpaduan, Kuching.

Currently, Bandar Kuching MP, Dr Kelvin Yii said BCCK is a special designated PPV only for the opt-in AstraZeneca (AZ) programme where members of the public signed up online.

“My team and I were at BCCK to transport and assist some elderly who we helped register online for their AZ appointments. The process was very smooth and orderly, and both the medical and non-medical workforce were very professional, friendly and organised throughout the whole process”.

Currently they are administering up to 1,000 doses a day and they have plans to increase this.

“I hope they implement the increase as soon as possible and even consider using it as a hybrid PPV to include not just the AZ vaccine, but also other vaccines that are in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) like Pfeizer-Biontech & Sinovac,” he said.

This, said Dr Kelvin will help reduce some of the congestion experienced by the public at the stadium, and help accelerate the process.

Currently, many still need to wait hours to receive their vaccine especially at the stadium and this is extra taxing especially for the elderly and less-abled.

This will also reduce congestion in one particular PPV and help spread out the crowd in more PPVs.

“Currently we are informed that we are vaccinating about 2,000 daily in the stadium. Such congestion will continue to grow as we increase the daily target for vaccinations in the stadium to 5,000 daily.

“This should be done concurrently as soon as possible without the need to wait until the “AZ opt-in” programme ends,” he said.

As we increase our daily vaccination rate to achieve the targeted herd immunity, it is important the government look at decentralising more of these large-scale PPVs and open more middle/small-scale PPVs in each constituency.

This is not just more convenient for the public but reduces the risk of spreading the disease in more congested large-scale PPVs.

“We also took the opportunity to thank as many of them for their hard work and dedication to facilitate the current vaccine drive.

“We encourage the public to continue registering for the vaccine and to turn up for their appointments. We all play a part to stop the spread of this virus and one of the most important things we can do is to get ourselves and our loved ones vaccinated and quickly as possible,” he added.