67-year-old retired school principal, Idris Ahmad and his 64-year-old wife Azmah Hairun recently became the first couple in Johor to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine after travelling for over two hours to their assigned vaccination centre (PPV) at the Persada International Convention Centre.
Those who are getting vaccinated are allowed to travel outside of their district or state during this MCO as some people, like Idris and Azmah, have been assigned to PPVs outside of their areas.
Eager to get vaccinated, Idris said both of them left their home after subuh prayers in order to reach the PPV on time.
Speaking to The Star, Idris said, “There were not many vehicles along the highway due to the movement control order. It was a nice, slow drive.
“Both of us had looked forward to getting the vaccine.”
He added that they were very grateful they received the same appointment date which is rare for the system even when couples register together.
MKN Johor revealed on their Facebook page that the elderly couple had become the first to get vaccinated with AstraZeneca in the state of Johor.
Azmah, who is a retired teacher, strongly advised people to register for the vaccine to protect the nation against the deadly virus.
Azmah even told her family that she would not see them if they refuse to get vaccinated, “I told all my family members to get vaccinated. But if they are still stubborn, then they should not come and see me at all.”
The vaccination process takes about half an hour, individuals will need to go through five different stations at the PPV.
The first station of the vaccination is for symptom and temperature screening, station two for registration, station three for consultation and authorisation, station four for vaccination, and lastly, station five is for a 15-minute observation period.