KUALA LUMPUR: The number of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses given out daily at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL) vaccination centre (PPV) will be increased to 8,100 from tomorrow.
As a result, it will have the capability of carrying out the largest scale vaccination exercise in the country.
ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd (ProtectHealth) chief executive officer Dr Anas Alam Faizi said previously it was only capable of administering about 2,400 doses a day.
He said apart from WTCKL PPV, the capacity at the Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) PPVs for the same vaccine have also been increased from 900 to 1,300 doses a day.
“The increase in capacity at the WTCKL PPV can further smoothen the AstraZeneca vaccination process and a total of 8,100 appointments are scheduled to take place tomorrow at WTCKL.
“The first appointment is at 9am and the last shot is expected to be at 8.30pm. To further smoothen the process, we have also provided special lanes for individuals with disabilities,” he said when contacted by Bernama tonight.
Anas said a total of 500 health workers, non-health workers and volunteers were also ready to facilitate the vaccination exercise at WTCKL, and urged those with appointments to be punctual.
In a related development, he said the fourth AstraZeneca vaccine PPV, the Shah Alam Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) is scheduled to start operating on May 24 with a capacity of 3,000 doses a day.
On May 2, the government opened opt-in bookings for the AstraZeneca vaccine for eligible individuals as well as those over the age of 18. The vaccination exercise for voluntary applicants began on May 5.
ProtectHealth, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of ProtectHealth Malaysia established under the health ministry, has been appointed as the executor for the participation of private medical practitioners in the national Covid-19 immunisation programme.
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