THE Health Ministry needs to release more information on the Covid-19 vaccines and its efficacy for local governments to convince the public to take them.
Penang local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme planned, the public is raising questions about the incoming vaccines and its efficacy.
“We need more information pertaining to the vaccines as there is a need to know about the vaccines’ efficacies and effects.
“We need more information from the Health Ministry so that we can convince people to take the vaccines, ” he said at a press conference after a spot-check at the Esplanade in George Town recently.
He said although the immunisation programme is slated to start soon, Penangites must continue to be steadfast and adhere to existing standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Jagdeep said under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, it was understood that Phase 1 will focus on providing vaccines to the frontliners first.
“On this, we need to know specifically what it includes and which groups. We want to have a full list so that we know who will be administered with the vaccines first.
“We hope more information will be available soon as other countries have already started executing and administering vaccines to their people.
“In Singapore, half a million people were vaccinated within a span of two weeks and we are still lagging behind.
“In Penang, we are prepared to aid in whichever way to get the vaccines out.”
He added that the state decided to engage private clinics under the Penang Medical Practitioners Society.
“There are over 200 private clinics in Penang with over 200 doctors who agreed to help with the immunisation programme.
“We got dental clinics onboard as well, with over 50 members under the dental association here.
“Now, nearly 300 practitioners are ready to aid in the immunisation programme, ” he added.
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