by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
The government is rescheduling about 2,800 appointments under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) for AstraZeneca vaccines at World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTC) to allow for a tighter implementation of physical distancing.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said the readjustments are affecting some appointments that have been set on May 15 and May 16 and will be brought forward to a later date between May 17 to May 23.
“We are reducing about 2,800 appointments from the WTC’s current capacity of 19,000 people to accommodate only 16,200 for both days, or 8,100 on each day, taking into consideration the physical and social distancing practices.
“The affected appointments will be notified through messages or MySejahtera apps. We want to ensure that the vaccine dispensing centre (PPV) will have a safe environment.
“Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) also has increased the number of halls to be used at the centre. Starting May 15, Dewan Tun Hussein Onn and Dewan Tun Ismail will no longer be used and will be replaced by three wider halls,” he told reporters during an online press briefing.
As of today, 19,718 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines have been distributed through the voluntary programme, which all are utilised for the first dose.
The country’s second supply of the AstraZeneca vaccines is expected to arrive on May 20, 2021, and while the third will be on June 1, 2021, with a total of 615,120 single-delivery doses.