T-rex receives Covid-19 vaccination

PEOPLE waiting for their Covid-19 shot at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) vaccination centre last weekend had to watch their heads, in case it was bitten off by a tyrannosaurus rex queuing up behind them.

But they didn’t have to panic as it was just 39-year-old fitness instructor Kenny Sia, who dressed up for his Sunday appointment in a full dinosaur costume, much to the amusement of people and medical workers at the vaccination centre.

Sia told Reuters he chose to wear the costume to make people happy as well as to protect himself.

“Rather than wearing only face masks or face shields, I decided to go all the way. The whole suit is effectively a PPE (personal protective equipment) – it’s one of those overall suits,” he said.

“I know the frontliners there are working day and night, vaccinating 5,000 to 6,000 people a day, so they probably are very tired. And anything that can lift their mood, I’ll be happy to do it.”

Sia bought the suit as to entertain his son during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

He said it was his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and he would not be wearing the suit for his second dose. He also took some photos at the booth to encourage more people to get vaccinated.