Operate vaccination trucks at wet markets, says Yeoh

by LYDIA NATHAN / pic by TMR FILE

MOBILE vaccination trucks should be parked in public spaces like wet markets and prioritise businesses there with their workers and customers.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh (picture) said the trucks need to be situated in public areas that have the appropriate facilities and large parking spaces to accommodate people, like the Taman Tun Dr.Ismail (TTDI) wet market.

She said this in response to the Federal Territories Ministry’s launch of the mobile vaccination truck pilot programme under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme last week, where each truck would be capable of administering 100 doses.

Yeoh said parking the truck in locations like public DBKL markets will give the businesses and its workers an opportunity to get vaccinated quickly, as they interact with so many people in a day, including customers and delivery riders.

“I understand public markets that are of that size have between 1,200 to 1,500 customers on a daily basis, and go up to 3,000 people over the weekend.

“My suggestion to park the mobile truck in spaces such as these while vaccinating businesses will protect the customers, especially the elderly and more vulnerable in our society,” she said in a statement today.

Yeoh added that the Ministry should learn from what took place with the wholesale market cluster last year, where workers and their families were affected, as well as customers and those who came into close contact with them.

“This suggestion has the potential to avoid another big cluster and give peace of mind to customers visiting the markets,” she noted.