Additional support for vaccination drive

PETALING JAYA: After achieving the monumental feat of converting the Setia SPICE Arena and Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) into mega vaccination centres (PPV), S P Setia Berhad will be opening two more PPV next month.

With the aim to help the government in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, the developer’s Setia Ecohill Clubhouse and Setia Eco Templer Clubhouse will start operating as PPV on July 5 and July 15 respectively, each with a daily capacity to administer up to 1,000 doses, before gradually increasing to 2,000.

Concurrently, SPICE and SCCC, which started operations as mega PPV on June 7, have risen to the challenge to inoculate up to 3,000 and 8,000 people per day respectively.

Starting tomorrow, the SCCC will also start giving up to 3,000 jabs daily under the government’s Public-Private Partnership Covid-​19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas).

S P Setia senior executive vice-president Datuk Koe Peng Kang said SP Setia’s venues, which used to provide magical moments for weddings, concerts and expos, have now been dedicated to offer the same positive experience for vaccine recipients.

Describing vaccination as “light at the end of the tunnel”, Koe said the company wanted to do its part to help the nation recover, so that halls may once again be filled with gatherings and borders opened to welcome travellers and investors.

“We saw a need to come forward and offer resources like our venues and manpower without calculating any monetary returns or economic objectives.

“We only have one objective now, which is to help everyone get vaccinated so that we can get on with our lives.

Smooth process: National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin visiting SCCC on the first day of the mega vaccination centre’s operations. Accompanying him are Koe (centre) and Teo.
Smooth process: National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin
visiting SCCC on the first day of the mega vaccination centre’s operations. Accompanying him are Koe (centre)
and Teo.

“There will be a time that all of us are protected against the virus and there will come a day that all of us can meet again and gather in function halls, dressed to the nines, like we used to before.

“The whole ecosystem must come back. We must get back what we have missed and everybody must have optimism and positive energy that we can get through this,” he said.

With this goal in mind, S P Setia convention centres head Francis Teo said while converting their venues into PPV, they acknowledged that this time, it is not like hosting a normal event, but one with a lifesaving purpose.

Being seasoned event organisers, Teo said they wanted to maximise the comfort of vaccine recipients and create magical moments for them from the minute the visitors arrive at an S P Setia PPV until they leave.

From providing 2,000 free-of-charge parking bays at both SPICE and SCCC, to special access for the elderly and the disabled, as well as lively selfie stations for “vaxxies” (vaccination selfies), S P Setia is aiming to curate a positive vaccination experience.

“To facilitate proceedings at both vaccination centres, a total of 800 civil service employees, volunteers and medical personnel are deployed.

“We also have our own staff at the forefront who have volunteered to guide the way, assist with crowd control and answer any queries.

“We are very pleased to do this community engagement with the opportunity that we have to help,” said Teo.

He added that there has been no issue of wasting vaccines at the two PPV, as they have a storage facility that ensures any leftover vaccines at the end of the day could be safely kept before being used up first thing the next morning.

“Each day, we get a fresh delivery of vaccines and more than 95% is used with a very minimal number held back, of about less than 5% daily due to no-shows or, people rejecting vaccine brands or people found to be unsuitable for it.”

Teo noted that Malaysia had recently reached a new daily record of administering over 250,000 doses of the vaccine.

“We feel proud that we have played a part in contributing to those numbers,” said Teo.

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