August 10, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has become the largest mass vaccination hub in Malaysia as the South East Asian country continues to battle high numbers of daily COVID-19 cases.

The centre has now given over 33,000m2 to supporting the nation’s vaccination efforts.

“As a Vaccination Centre, we began on the ground floor with just three HCOs (healthcare organisations), occupying only about 20% of the Centre,” said the centre’s General Manager Alan Pryor.

“As we gradually accommodated the increased capacity, the Centre is now truly being optimised in the right way and for the right reasons.

“The venue’s flexible and versatile space also allows for controlled movement, customised layout, dedicated access, and operational management by dedicated and experienced team members.”

“This has given us a sense of purpose amidst the uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are able to put our collective resources, knowledge and expertise to help the government make the best use of the venue,” said Prior.

“This is also a reflection as to how the new norm standard operating procedures will be able to facilitate face-to-face events in the near future and a test run for us as we prepare for market re-opening upon lockdown relaxation.”

Malaysia reported over 17,000 new cases yesterday and 212 deaths. With a population of almost 32 million, the country has now administered over 24.5 million vaccine doses. The Government is aiming to reach 80 percent vaccination by October.

Meanwhile in Australia, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is set to become a mass vaccination hub from tomorrow, with the State Government aiming to be administering 3,000 vaccines a day there by the weekend.

“The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is a great venue. Having a hub here will make it quicker and easier for people to get vaccinated,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“With great public transport and parking available for visitors, this centre will enable us to vaccinate thousands of Queenslanders more quickly and effectively.”