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Drive-thru vaccination centre for the disabled coming soon, says minister

Rina Harun says the centre will begin operating next week at a location in the Klang Valley.

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A drive-thru vaccination centre (PPV) for persons with disabilities (PwDs) will be set up to speed up the immunisation exercise for the group, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun.

She said the drive-thru PPV is expected to begin operating next week at a location in the Klang Valley, in collaboration with the private sector via Senator Ras Adiba Radzi.

“This (drive-thru) is an alternative to facilitate and expedite the vaccination exercise for the disabled community,” she told reporters after reviewing the implementation of the PwD vaccination programme at the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) complex in Kuala Lumpur.

Rina said based on data from the Social Welfare Department (JKM), 195,395 PwDs had registered for vaccination through the MySejahtera application from a total of 577,000.

She said many had yet to register for vaccination, adding that her ministry wasworking with NGOs and other related associations to speed up the registration process for the disabled community.

Rina said the ministry through JKM had also submitted the names and basic details of 446,000 PwDs registered in the Disability Information Management System to the relevant parties to ensure that they would not be sidelined in getting the vaccine.

To facilitate registration, MAB has also set up a special call centre at 03-2272 2677 and to date has received 1,900 applications, she said.

She added that the PPV at MAB is expected to be able to administer 200 doses of vaccine daily with the involvement of 20 JKM volunteers to assist paramedics and doctors on duty.

The second phase of vaccination under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme which will reun until August targets 9.4 million senior citizens, members of vulnerable groups and PwDs.

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