PETALING JAYA, March 12 — Sunway Group has assigned Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre as the first private large-scale vaccination centre for the Petaling district, as the government ramps up the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).
The 80,000 sq ft convention centre in Petaling Jaya opened its doors on March 10 and will be carrying out vaccinations for at least 1.8 million people, starting with frontline workers followed by residents in the Petaling district over the next 11 months until February 2022.
In accordance with the National Immunisation Plan, the centre will carry out vaccinations for health care workers from government and private facilities and essential services from February to April 2021, remaining health care workers, essential workers, as well as senior citizens and high-risk groups from April to August 2021, and vaccinations for the rest of the community from August 2021 to February 2022.
As of March 12, some 1,400 frontline workers have been vaccinated. The vaccination was carried out by Petaling Health District Office with strict adherence to the SOPs, in small groups with adequate social distancing. Free parking is provided for those coming to get vaccinated over the next 11 months.
The Petaling District Disaster Management Committee said that the Sunway Group’s commitment to nation building by offering the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre as a vaccination centre is instrumental to helping Malaysia achieve the goal of 80 per cent herd immunity.
“The Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre has the ideal size, strategic location, and infrastructure support we need to ensure the smooth roll-out of the vaccinations. We are thankful to the Sunway Group for its prompt response in offering the convention centre as a vaccination hub and supporting the national immunisation programme,” the Petaling District Disaster Management Committee said.
“Sunway is committed to nation building by offering our convention centre in support of the 80 per cent herd immunity target,” Sunway Group deputy executive chairman Razman M. Hashim said.
Since the start of the pandemic last year, the Sunway Group has committed more than RM50 million that includes more than RM12 million to support government health care institutions and professionals, and RM20 million to provide retailers rent-free days during the first MCO period.
Sunway Group founder and chairman Jeffrey Cheah was also appointed by the prime minister to serve on the Economic Action Council (EAC), a special task force that undertakes necessary actions for the delivery of the government’s Economic Stimulus Package to alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Sunway’s corporate responsibility is encapsulated in the #SunwayforGood initiative that pledge to promote sustainability and social responsibility efforts through three areas, namely education, health care and community enrichment, aligned with Sunway’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.