The Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed on Wednesday (2nd June) that a drive-through vaccination centre for people with disabilities and their caregivers is scheduled to start operating next week.
This ministry has been made aware that in the course of a vaccination against the deadly coronavirus, the disabled community has been forgotten.
A MoH official informed Malay Mail, that the centre will be providing vaccination to people with disabilities aged 18 and above who reside in the Klang Valley regardless if it was or not registered with the Social Welfare Department (JKM).
Sime Darby Plantations Headquarters in Ara Damansara, Selangor, will host this initiative between the MoH and the OKU Central NGO.
The report states that a public announcement will soon be made by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin.
A report from The Vibes has stated that Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) also offers drive through vaccination. Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Sukari Halim, Head of the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital said the first step in the drive through program was for frontliners who received their first dose and were having problems when their second dose came.
Among the issues reported by frontliners were COVID-19 symptoms, being in close contact with COVID patients or having entered the state from a red zone area.
“Since they are frontliners, getting them vaccinated is a priority. At the same time, we want to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in the vaccination centre, hence the drive-through approach.
“Patients must meet the set criteria, that is being 60 years old and above, or between the ages of 18 to 60 with a history or currently battling a chronic disease whilst being at high risk if given the vaccine at the community centres.
He equated the drive-through program to a vaccine centre. All recipients must scan the MySejahtera QR code, register their names in the vaccination system and wait for their turn to be vaccinated. Before you get the jab, you must also consent to the requirements of the vaccine and be notified of the risk.
Following the vaccination, the recipients are required to stay for 15-30 minutes in their vehicles for the monitoring process should there be any reactions towards the vaccine.
This approach would be useful for those who are wheelchair bound. In the meantime, stay safe, stay home and follow all the SOPs and god willing, we will be able to reduce the number of cases and reach herd immunity by year end.