On your social media, you may notice that more Malays are vaccinated every day (at least for the first dose), but we are still far from being a quarter of the total population. To date, just over 3 million Malaysians have been vaccinated out of the 13 million that were registered.
If you’ve seen stories of your friends getting vaccinated, you probably have a rough idea of what the process is like.
However, the procedure for each site may vary slightly, and we will shed some light on what you can expect from other vaccination sites based on my experiences and those of my colleagues.
Different waiting periods and queues
My vaccination took place at UKM, Bangi, while my colleague’s was at PWTC and my boss’s was at IDCC Shah Alam.
The lead time, unsurprisingly, was longer at PWTC than at UKM and IDCC as it is the most commonly selected location. All in all, it took less than an hour for both my boss and me, while for my colleague it was a little over an hour and a half.
However, if you are thinking of arriving earlier, be aware that not all of these locations allow you to enter earlier. I arrived half an hour early and they allowed me to enter, and my colleague arrived 15 minutes before his appointment and they also let me in.
On the other hand, my boss arrived 5 minutes before hers, but shared that if people arrived too early (more than half an hour), they were asked to leave the line. However, one thing he heard from the guard was that if the older couples had different hours, they were still allowed in together.
In general, to avoid overcrowding, do not go to your vaccination site too soon. Y bring your own pen for completing the vaccination consent forms. You can choose to print this form here and answer the questions first, but leave the signature section blank as you will have to sign it in front of a (personal) witness on the spot.
One small setback my colleague at PWTC experienced was a messy first checkpoint. To find the waiting line, he had to ask some police officers for guidance because there were no clear signs or labels on where his station was.
For UKM, I was able to sit in chairs while waiting in line from start to finish the entire time. PWTC, on the other hand, had chairs only for some sections, while at IDCC there were chairs available during the briefing just before entering the hall and at each station, but not while queuing to enter the venue.
I actually got to my first station in about 5 minutes so waiting outside the aisle wasn’t too long for me, but the queue is much longer (around 20 minutes) for locations like PWTC to get to their first station.
Since you will most likely be standing rather than sitting when in line, it is advisable wear comfortable shoes just in case you have to stand for a long time. For IDCC, thankfully you can queue at a shaded parking building.
Vaccination and observation
To keep the line moving and smooth the process, you must stay alert while you wait your turn at the respective stations.
I got a number for my shift to get vaccinated, but the volunteers and front-line people guided me when my number appeared. For my boss at IDCC, moving from station to station was like being in a bank, where you have to watch your number appear on the LCD screen.
For the most part, the vaccination process went well for all of us. My boss and I went through a 15-minute observation time, while my colleague at PWTC went through a 30-minute one.
The actual jab takes less than 2 minutes. My boss and I felt localized pain in the arms during the observation period, which is quite normal when we receive an injection. You will be advised to give your non-dominant arm a stick, because the pain would get in the way of work and usual activities.
Not everyone gets treats
We could also record our vaccination process on our phones after obtaining the consent of the leaders, but recently I saw in the stories of several friends on Instagram that they said that they were no longer allowed to do so. Is better ask permission before recording anything with your phone when you are in the vaccination tent.
In the light of the recent accusations Regarding reduced doses of vaccines, it is understandable that we want to document the process in case it happens to us. But since this is no longer allowed in certain places, it is better check with your medical staff that you are receiving 0.5 ml of the vaccine before you are injected.
If you are afraid of needles or the vaccination process, the leaders are quite encouraging and supportive, which helps to ease your nerves a lot. At IDCC, at least during my boss’s session, there were front-line people posted just outside the vaccination tent to congratulate him after he got the vaccine, which is a nice and thoughtful touch. In fact, IDCC also gave away bags of Milo’s goodies on departure (1 bag per vaccination card).
While these things are nice to receive, you can also give leaders and volunteers a few small gifts to thank them for their hard work over long periods of time. It is also good to be cordial and patient with them while helping you with your vaccination process. Following their instructions and moving quickly from station to station would also help greatly to speed up the process for others.
And to make things safer for everyone, it is better Avoid crowds in photo booths. and exit immediately after you have finished taking the photo.
Women and young people are more likely to experience side effects.
One piece of advice I have received from medical staff during observation time is to put a cold compress on sore arm to relieve pain at home and take Panadols when / if fever is activated.
I also learned from some nutritionists that in addition to water, it is advisable to drinking electrolyte beverages to help with recovery so I made about 3 liters of 100 Plus and some fever patches to help me get over the side effects.
All of my side effects only started at the ninth hour after vaccination: high fever, dizziness, sinusitis, fatigue, body aches, and headaches. In fact, I also lost my appetite and fell all day. Keep in mind that I am 23 this year. My condition improved later in the evening around 9pm when I was only left with dizziness and cold sweats.
For my boss, who is 32 years old, however, her appetite and even energy to work and housework have improved despite having a fever of 38.2 to 38.5 ° C and side effects similar to those. mine However, she noted that the severe headache made it difficult for her to fall asleep, although she was actually already feeling sleepy by 7pm on the day of the vaccination.
Her husband, who is 35, experienced the same range of fever as her, with a mild headache and body aches, but was also able to work normally with occasional naps. He felt normal on the third day after vaccination.
My colleague, who is 30 years old, only experienced pain in his arm and had trouble falling asleep because he was not sleepy.
Age is actually a factor that influences the intensity of side effects. Women in general experience more side effects than men and younger people more than older people. However the the intensity or absence of side effects is Independent the efficacy of the vaccine.
Ultimately a person’s reaction to vaccines is reduced to the innate differences in the biochemical composition, the environment and the personal history of each person. Those who did not experience side effects still had 90% protection against injections, according to clinical trials by Pfizer and Moderna.
Although your body does not react as strongly as mine to the vaccine, it is still advisable to apply for a medical license for the day to fully rest and return to normal with an enhanced immune system.
It’s also good check in with your doctors about what medications you can or cannot take before the vaccine. It’s generally okay to take medications for blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma, but you need to be careful about the short intervals between two different shots.
If you don’t have someone to drive you to your appointment, there’s also nothing to worry about because symptoms won’t appear as quickly, and until now, my family members who were going alone traveled safely from one place to another.
|Before the vaccine||During the vaccine||After the vaccine|
|– Check with your doctors what medicines you can or cannot take.
– Do not go to your vaccination too early as you may not be allowed in and the place may be overcrowded.
– Bring your own pen to avoid unnecessary contacts
– Wear comfortable shoes in case you have to stand in line for a while
|– Stay alert while waiting your turn so as not to delay the line.
– Ask permission before recording the jab.
– Check with your medical staff if you are receiving 0.5 ml
– Be friendly and patient with the avant-garde
– Avoid cluttering photo booths after your jab
|– Put a cold compress on your sore arm
– Consume drinks with electrolytes
– Apply for a medical license
– Rest as much as you can
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