Langkawi Development Authority has contributed its Langkawi Sport Complex’s (KSL) Dewan Serbaguna to be deployed as a vaccination centre (PPV) for residents of the island. This is done to support and realise the government’s intention to reopen Langkawi as a safe tourism destination as soon as possible.
The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme has been implemented here since early May 2021. Monitored by Langkawi District and Land Office as the Main Committee, the progress of this programme has been smooth with full support from a few other government agencies in Langkawi including District Health Office (PKD), District Police Headquarters (IPD), Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, Langkawi Municipal Council Tourism City (MPLBP), Public Works Department (JKR), Civil Defence Force (APM), RELA District Office, and Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp).
Until 9th August 2021, the PPV was in optimum operation, starting as early as 8.30 a.m. and ending as late as 5.00 p.m. Apart from vaccine inoculation, other main works carried out by the frontliners on each operating day include venue preparation which covers cleaning of the hall and its surrounding. The venue is sanitised by the firemen at the end of each operating day to ensure the PPV remains clean and safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Approximately 180 to 1002 daily vaccine doses have been administered from 4th May to 9th August 2021, covering the inoculation of first and second Pfizer as well as Sinovac vaccine doses. With more than 30,000 vaccine doses given throughout the period, Langkawi is now successfully ahead of other Kedah districts in terms of vaccination percentage.
Starting from 12th August 2021, PPV KSL operates mainly for eligible residents of Langkawi who have yet to receive or missed their second vaccination. This group is allowed to walk in on 12th and 19th August as well as 2nd, 9th, and 23rd September 2021 by presenting valid identification document along with proof of Langkawi residence.
It is therefore hoped that the deployment of this PPV would help accelerate the achievement of herd immunity in Langkawi, consequently allowing the reopening of tourism sector which is also the heart of this legendary island.