On your social media, you may notice that more Malaysians are being vaccinated every day (at least for the first dose), but we are still far from a quarter of the entire population. As of June 16, 2021, just over 3 million Malaysians have been vaccinated out of the 13 million registered.
If you’ve seen vaccination stories from your friends, you probably have a rough idea of what the process is like.
The procedure for all locations may vary slightly and we will shed some light on what you can expect from other vaccination sites based on the experiences of my and my colleagues.
Different waiting periods and lines
My vaccination was done at UKM, Bangi, while my partner’s was at PWTC and my boss at IDCC Shah Alam.
The wait time, as expected, was longer at PWTC than at UKM and IDCC, as it is the most selected site. All in all, it took less than an hour for both my head and me, while for my partner it took just over an hour and a half.
If you plan to arrive earlier, please note that not all of these locations allow you to enter earlier. I arrived half an hour early and was allowed to enter, and my partner arrived 15 minutes before their appointment and they also let me in.
My boss, on the other hand, arrived 5 minutes earlier than his, but shared that if people arrived too early (more than half an hour), they were asked to leave the line. One thing he heard from the guard was that if the elderly couples had different time slots, they were still allowed to enter together.
In general, to avoid overcrowding, do not go to the vaccination site too soon. I bring your own pen to fill out vaccination consent forms. You can choose to do this print this form here and answer the questions first, though leave the signatures section blank as you will need to sign it in front of a (personal) witness on the site.
A slight hiccup my partner experienced at PWTC was a messy first checkpoint. To find the waiting line, he had to ask a few police officers for guidance because there were no clear signs or labels about where his station was.
For UKM, I have to sit in the chairs while waiting in line from start to finish all the 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 lobby and at each station, but not while queuing to enter the venue.
In fact, I got to my first station in about 5 minutes, so waiting outside the lobby wasn’t too long for me, but the queue is much longer (about 20 minutes) for places like PWTC to reach the your first station.
Since it is very likely that you are standing instead of sitting in line, it is advisable wear comfortable shoes just in case you have to stop for a long time. For IDCC, thankfully you get to queue up in a shaded parking building.
Vaccination and observation
To keep the line moving and smooth the process, you should do so be alert while you wait your turn at the respective stations.
I got a number to vaccinate my turn, but I was still guided by volunteers and leaders when my number came up. For my IDCC boss, going from station to station was like a bank, where you have to watch for your number to appear on the LCD screen.
For the most part, the vaccination process has gone well for all of us. My boss and I spent an observation time of 15 minutes, while my fellow PWTC spent one of 30 minutes.
The actual jab takes less than 2 minutes. My head and I felt localized pain in our arms during the observation period, which is quite normal when receiving an injection. You will be advised to prick yourself in the non-dominant arm, as the pain will make it difficult to do the usual work and activities.
Not everyone receives goodness
We could also record our vaccination process on our phones after getting the consent of frontliners, but I recently saw several stories of friends on Instagram saying they were no longer allowed. Is better ask permission before recording anything with the phone when you’re at the vaccine store.
In the light of recent complaints with regard to 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 get 0.5 ml of the vaccine before you are injected.
If you are afraid of needles or afraid of the vaccination process, the front lines are quite encouraging and supportive, which helps to relieve nerves. At IDCC, at least during my boss’s session, there were actually front companies parked right in front of the vaccination store to congratulate you after receiving the vaccine, which is a nice, thoughtful touch. In fact, IDCC also gave away Milo goodie bags on departure (1 bag per vaccination card).
While it’s nice to receive these things, you can also give some small gifts to leaders and volunteers to thank them for their work over long periods of time. It’s also good to be friendly and patient with them while helping you during the vaccination process. Following his instructions and moving quickly from one station to another would help a lot in speeding up the process for others as well.
And to make things safer for everyone, it’s better avoid crowding into photo booths and leave immediately once you have finished taking your photo.
Women and young people are more likely to have side effects
Some advice I received from medical staff during observation time is to put one cold pack on sore arm to relieve pain at home and take Panadols when / if the fever starts.
I also learned from some nutritionists that in addition to water, yes recommended a consume drinks with electrolytes to help with recovery, so I prepared about 3L of 100 Plus and some fever spots to help me overcome my side effects.
All of my side effects only started in the ninth hour after vaccination: high fever, dizziness, sinus, fatigue, body aches, and headaches. In fact, I also lost my appetite and crashed all day. Keep in mind that this year I am 23 years old. My condition improved later in the evening around 9pm, when I was left with only feelings of joy and cold sweats.
For my boss who is 32 years old, however, I had an improved appetite and even the energy to work and do housework despite having a fever of 38.2-38.5 ° C and side effects similar to my . He noted, however, that the severe headache made him bother to fall asleep, even though he was actually already asleep at 7pm on the day of the vaccination.
Her husband, 35, experienced the same fever interval as her, with a headache and body aches, but was also able to work normally with occasional naps. He felt normal on the third day after vaccination.
My 30-year-old colleague only had one sore arm and had trouble falling asleep because he had no sleep.
Age is actually a factor in the intensity that side effects can have. Women in general experience more side effects than men and younger people month than the elderly. However, the file intensity or absence of side effects is independent of vaccine efficacy.
A person’s reaction to vaccines ultimately is reduced to the innate differences in the biochemical composition, the environment, and the personal history of each person. Those who experienced no side effects still had 90% protection against the shots, according to clinical trials by Pfizer and Moderna.
Last words of advice
While your body may not react as intensely as mine to the vaccine, it still is recommended a request a medical leave so that the day rests completely and returns to normal with an improved immune system.
It’s also good to do that register with your doctors about what medications you may or may not take before the vaccine. In general, medications for blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma are okay to consume, but you need to be careful in the short intervals between two different vaccines.
If you don’t have anyone to take you to your appointment, there’s nothing to worry about either, as the symptoms won’t start so quickly and so far my family members who were going alone have moved on. be safe.
|Before the vaccine||During the vaccine||After the vaccine|
|– Check with your doctors what medicines you can take or not
– Do not get vaccinated too soon, as you may not be allowed to enter and overtake
– Bring your own pen to avoid unnecessary contact
– Wear comfortable shoes if you have to stand in line for a while
|– Be alert while waiting your turn not to hold the line
– Ask permission before recording the shot
– Check with your medical staff to get 0.5 ml
– Be friendly and patient with frontliners
– Avoid piling up photo booths after the blow
|– Put a cold pack on your sore arm
– Consume drinks with electrolytes
– Apply for a medical leave
– Rest as much as you can
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