3 August 2021
Many Malaysians expressed relief as walk-in vaccinations began for those aged 40 and above and those with comorbidities yesterday.
Onn Yow, 38, brought his 94-year-old grandmother to get vaccinated at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) vaccination centre 3 yesterday.
Onn said he preferred to walk-in for the vaccination as it was easier to complete the registration and receive the first vaccine dose for his grandmother, Chi Lye Kian from Old Klang Road.
“I heard about the walk-in from friends and decided to take a half-day off to accompany my aunt bringing my grandmother for vaccination.
“Most of our family members have received the vaccine and we were worried for my grandmother, who has yet to receive her first dose,” he said.
Onn also commended the smooth registration and immunisation process for his grandmother that took less than an hour.
“Thanks to the attentive staff and volunteers for providing the wheelchair and allowing us to use the fast lane for the elderly. It made the process very smooth for my grandmother,” he said.
Another vaccine recipient, Siti Hasnah Abas, 57, has been waiting for her appointment since she registered through the MySejahtera app in February.
“Finally, I got my first dose of the Sinovac vaccine. All my family members have received their second dose, and I was getting worried as I had not received an appointment.
“When I heard about the walk-ins, I asked my son to take me to KLCC.
“The process was good, there was no hassle for me as they provided facilities for me, such as a wheelchair,” she said.
Siti Hasnah’s son, Mohamad Firdaus Mohd Shah, 27, said his siblings and father were fully vaccinated, but they were getting worried for his diabetic mother, who has a heart condition and hypertension, as she had not received an appointment.
“The walk-in vaccination allowed us to be at ease,” he said.
Private-sector worker, Ruslei Mahamod, 58, is confident to return to the office now that he has received his first vaccine dose.
“I had been waiting for the walk-in vaccinations since the day it was announced as most of my colleagues have been immunised.
“My priority is to ensure that I get the vaccine to reduce infection risk at the office.”
Ruslei, who came from Kundang, Rawang, said registration was easy as long as people brought the right documents.
“I came here around 1pm, and I was allowed to queue at the registration counter and from there it didn’t take long,” he said.
Checks by the New Straits Times found KLCC vaccination centre volunteers and staff were quick to reduce queues of people seeking vaccinations.
KLCC vaccination centre 3 manager Dr Zaisuria Azmi said as of 3pm yesterday, 500 people walked in to be vaccinated.
She said 3,600 vaccine doses had been allocated for walk-ins at healthcare organisers (HCOs) F, G and H from 2pm to 8.30pm yesterday.
“The number might increase to a maximum of 8,000 doses based on the day and the number of people who turn up for the programme.”
Dr Zaisuria said there were 231 medical and non-medical personnel to help the public.
KLCC is one of eight vaccination centres available for walk-in vaccinations for Malaysians and foreigners in the Klang Valley, starting yesterday.
The other vaccination centres are Bangi Avenue Convention Centre, Wyndham Hotel in Klang, Tun Razak Hall in Sabak Bernam, Serendah Community Hall, Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Ideal Convention Centre in Shah Alam and Bukit Jalil National Stadium for foreigners from Aug 9 to 22.
Walk-in vaccinations are reserved for those aged 40 and above or have comorbidities until tomorrow. Those who are 18 and above can do so from Thursday until Aug 22.
Foreigners in the Klang Valley can visit the Bukit Jalil National Stadium from Aug 9 to Aug 11 for those aged 40 and above or those with comorbidities; and from Aug 12 until Aug 22 for those who are 18 and above.
Vaccination centres will be open for walk-ins from 2pm onwards, subject to the daily operation of the respective centres.