by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by TMR FILE
THE Setia SPICE Arena in Bayan Baru, Penang, would administer approximately 1,000 to 3,000 doses of vaccine daily.
The Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) in Setia Alam, Shah Alam in Selangor, is expected to give 3,000 doses in the first four weeks and hope to reach 8,000 in the next four weeks.
These two centres have been converted into mega vaccination centres (PPVs) beginning June 7 and have been operating without a hitch.
SP Setia Bhd senior executive VP Datuk Koe Peng Kang said Malaysia’s healthcare and economy are currently going through a very challenging period.
“It is with this urgency, that as corporate citizens of the country, we must play our role to support the government’s initiative to have the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme rolled out at an accelerated pace.
“As time is of the essence now, we wasted no time to offer our venues and infrastructure on a rent-free basis to expedite the logistics and venue preparation,” he said.
Koe also hopes that savings in rental could help the government in sourcing for more vaccine-related resources to expedite herd immunity for the nation.
“We are honoured to be working closely with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti), Health Ministry, both Penang and Selangor state governments and the respective district offices,” he added.
A total of 800 public servants, volunteers and medical personnel have been deployed respectively in order to ensure the vaccination process remains smooth.
Among them are MyVac volunteers, Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Armed Forces, Civil Defence Force, State Health Department, The People’s Volunteer Corps, Department of Youth and Sports, Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force and respective District Offices.
On the other hand, SP Setia staff were also available to assist with crowd control and showing people the way.
There will also be a post-mortem meeting after the vaccination operations in order to improve the flow and enhancing the comfort of the vaccine recipients.
The two centres have also displayed guides on special passages for people with disabilities and special needs and they would be escorted by volunteers from the designated drop-off area.
Moreover, parking fees have also been waived for all vaccine recipients and volunteers at both SCCC and Setia SPICE Arena.
SP Setia had been working closely with the government to mobilise resources making sure that opening the PPV centres was timely on June 7.
SP Setia Foundation, with the technical support of SP Setia’s ICT also sponsored 150 laptops for the entire period of operation.
It also provides breakfast for frontliners in its first month of operations.