KUALA LUMPUR: More mega vaccination centres (PPV) will be opened to ramp up the nation’s vaccination drive as supplies come in, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme said at the same time, the government is also looking to open smaller-scale mega PPVs that will be able to cater to between 3,000 and 5,000 people a day.
“We are looking to open up more Tier 2 mega PPVs, for instance in Seremban, and are looking through all the states, the capacity they have, and matching that data against our delivery schedules,” he said after visiting the latest mega PPV at Bukit Jalil Stadium, which started operations on Monday (June 21).
Khairy said 3,000 people received their vaccines at the mega PPV on its first day of opening, although the venue has the capacity to vaccinate 10,000 people a day.
He said it was normal to start with a small number so the organisers could identify and iron out any problems.
“The number will be ramped up to 50% of capacity in three days before it operates at 100% in a week’s time,” he added.
Khairy also clarified in his weekly NIP press conference that the mega PPV at Bukit Jalil could not be opened earlier because the government did not have the vaccine supply for it.
“Doing so without the right supply would have been wasteful,” he said.
With the opening of the mega PPV at Bukit Jalil Stadium, the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil now has two PPVs in its vicinity, the other being the Axiata Arena which can take up to 4,000 people.
The Bukit Jalil Stadium will handle younger vaccine recipients aged below 60 while the nearby Axiata Arena is reserved for senior citizens and people with disabilities (OKU).