The surge in numbers of new Covid-19 daily cases and the death rate in Malaysia is a great cause the concern, especially in Selangor remains the state that recorded the highest daily cases. Vaccination has shown to be crucial in reducing the severity of infections and lowering fatality rates. With collaboration from the federal and Selangor Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), there are more vaccination centres (PPV) open, boost workforce and volunteers to push up inoculation rates in the state.
Currently, there are a total of 113 vaccination centres (PPVs) in Selangor and more than 50 percent of the adult population have completed their first dose vaccination. Recently, 12 vaccination centres were opened for walk-in Covid-19 vaccination in Selangor.
Since National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) was implemented by the government, many organisations and higher education institutions (HEI) have volunteered their services at the vaccination centres. This include students from Asia e University (AeU).
Asia e University students supported the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, which was led by iHeal Medical Centre, Mid Valley City Kuala Lumpur. The programme started in July 2021 and will end in October 2021. A group of AeU students is assigned as non-medical volunteers. AeU stands together to fight Covid-19 and at the same time can help our frontliners.
The volunteers were all trained and assisted the staff in the process of registration and ushering the vaccine recipients. They were also allowed choose the work schedule according to their availability.
Izzat Zahruddin, 21, a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology student at Asia e University said he managed to gain valuable exposure and knowledge from the volunteer program.
“Our job here is not only to ensure the smooth vaccination process, but also to give confidence to the public of various backgrounds to take the vaccine jab,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jafar As Sadiq Mohamad Termizi, 22, a Bachelor of Business Administration student at AeU said this was the first time he became a volunteer and was thrilled able to join it.
“I feel motivated be a volunteer at the PPV because I want to help a lot of people to get their vaccination and the frontliners,” said Jafar as Sadiq.
He added that he learnt how to manage situations and deal with different types of people properly at the PPV.
Asia e University student Zety Akhzar Zahri, 46, said being a volunteer has improved her communication skill.
“I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience in assisting the various sections of the community at the PPV, especially the foreign workers vaccine recipients,” said Zety Akhzar who is a Bachelor of Education student.
“However, I am happy to be part of this program to save Malaysia from Covid-19.
Speaking about her duties as a volunteer, Zety Akhzar said she would work until the program end this October.
Well done to the volunteers that willing to contribute and serve the nation.