AT least 70% of the population in Penang have to be vaccinated for herd immunity to be achieved.
State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said presently only over 10% of the population had registered for the vaccine through the MySejahtera app.
He said only 226,690 people had registered out of the 1.78mil population in the state.
“Vaccination for frontliners has begun and more people are expected to be vaccinated in the coming phases but we need cooperation from everyone.
“To achieve herd immunity, we need to get at least 70% of the population vaccinated.
“I have personally taken my first jab and there are no issues at all.
I am going in for my second jab on the 26th.
“Many state representatives have also taken their jabs.
“The second phase of vaccination will open soon but people need to register so we hope everyone will get themselves registered on MySejahtera for the vaccines, ” he said at a press conference after a spot check at the Pulau Tikus market yesterday.
Jagdeep said up to March 9, a total of 195,923 doses of vaccines had been administered nationwide, including 7,781 doses for Penang.
While people are urged to register for the vaccines, he reminded them to continue observing standard operating procedures (SOPs) even after vaccination.
“Just because the vaccines are here does not mean we can ignore the SOPs.
“Even after people take their vaccines, the SOPs will continue and both city councils will be among the agencies to continue enforcing the SOPs, ” he added.
Jagdeep said up to March this year, 30 premises were closed down by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) due to non-compliance to SOPs.
“Last year, 22 premises were closed down by the MBPP.
“But from the 1.6mil checks on SOP compliance conducted by both MBPP and Seberang Prai City Council, we are still seeing high compliance rates of over 99%, ” he said.