Sunday start for vaccine shots

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow will be the first person in Penang to receive the Covid-19 vaccine this Sunday.

Next in line for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will be his two deputies - DCM l Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman and DCM ll Dr P. Ramasamy.

Sharing the same session for the vaccination will be state secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar, state Health Department director Datuk Dr Asmayani Khalib and state police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abdul Manan.

In a statement, Chow said the immunisation programme for Penang would officially begin this Sunday.

“The programme will be carried out in three phases over a year, targeting 70% of the Penang population or 1.3 million people, ” he said.

The statement also said there would be 15 Vaccination Administration Centres (PPV), with three PPV in each of the five districts in the state.

Chow urged the people to give the programme their full support and register through the MySejahtera application as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Penang local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said besides Chow and his two deputies,

no vaccination dates had been fixed for the other state exco members.

“However, I volunteer to be next if possible, ” he said during a press conference at Komtar yesterday.

“I have registered for the programme and we must take the lead.

“We hope there is continuous information regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine and we as politicians are technically frontliners as we meet the people every day, ” he said.

It was reported that the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived last Sunday, Feb 21, in three boxes containing 16,000 doses at the Penang International Airport.

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