Vaccination programmes began, 31 May, in Malaysia’s largest exhibition centre, with the facility serving up to 2,600 senior citizens in first the roll-out phase.
The Malaysian Government had sanctioned the plan and Tan Sri Abdul Rahman bin Mamat, chairman of Prisma Galeri Sdn Bhd, which manages MITEC in Kuala Lumpur, said: “It is important during these challenging times for both the public and private sectors to come together to help the nation achieve herd immunity and flatten the curve. We at MITEC, are humbled by this opportunity to play our part and open our doors to this meaningful drive against Covid-19.”
The Centre, which covers 75.5 acres in the KL Metropolis with 51,000sqm of event space is able to accommodate large numbers.
MITEC staff will be providing the operational support while the vaccination process is handled by the Jabatan Kesihatan Titiwangsa and Jabatan Kesihatan Manjalara (District Health Offices) under Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH). This is also a shift for the vaccination programme being carried out at The Manjalara Community Hall PPV and the Titiwangsa Stadium PPV to MITEC.
Acting venue CEO, Mala Dorasamy said a team of professional experts made up of medical specialists and events management professionals would handle the administration of 2,600 people a day for the initial trial period, increasing to over 5,000 per day.
Malaysia managed to avoid the worst of the pandemic in 2020, recording under 500 deaths, but is now in lockdown amid a spike in cases and registering over 9,000 new cases per day.