“Silent room” with soothing music set up at BCCK vaccination centre for those with autism, depression

Dr Cheong (left) and Wee (right) on the topic of Covid-19 vaccination in Sarawak.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 29: A “silent room” with softer lighting and soothing music is currently being set up at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) mega vaccination centre specially for those with autism and depression.

Covid-19 One Stop Centre commander-in-chief Dr Cheong Yaw Liang, who is also working on the arrangements at BCCK, said this is to create a calmer and undisturbed environment for this group of people when they are receiving their Covid-19 vaccinations.

“At BCCK, I’ve set up something special called the ‘silent room’ for those with autism and depression to get their vaccine jabs.

“The lighting will be dimmer and soothing music will be played in the background to create a more comfortable atmosphere for these people,” he said during a Facebook live session with the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng today.

In revealing this, he affirmed that those with depression or autism are eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccinations besides pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, those with medical histories of stroke, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and heart attack.

In the negative list, on the other hand, he said cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, those with histories of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and are currently positive for Covid-19 are not allowed to receive any vaccine doses.

Dr Cheong added that the protocol as of now states that those who have contacted the Coronovairus can only be vaccinated three months after they have recovered.

“And for those who have or have just recovered from serious diseases like heart attack, they are normally arranged to be vaccinated in hospitals where there are more medical professionals monitoring the process, so no worries,” he assured.

Meanwhile on the query whether BCCK is designated only for the administration of AZ vaccines as announced by the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) on May 22, he said the centre would most probably include the inoculation of other types of vaccines as well in the following stages.

He also said before the actual run of the entire programme in BCCK on June 7, there would be a dry run of all the processes and procedures on June 6.

While on this topic, he called on volunteers from the general public who are willing to help in ushering and registration tasks at BCCK for at least three months from June 7 to Aug 31.

Those interested may send their information to MBKS at 010-922 3705. — DayakDaily