Call for priority access to vaccine

Senior citizens getting their flu jabs at the Ayer Itam community centre in Lintang Kampung Melayu after it was opened by Chow.

PENANG has urged the Government to give priority to factory workers under Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said while there was a structured vaccination schedule under the National Vaccination Programme, those in the red zones should be given the priority.

“Maybe most who are being vaccinated now could be in the green zones but the factory clusters should also be looked into.

“I impressed this idea on Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin during our discussion at Komtar on April 1, ” he said to newsmen after opening the Bukit Gelugor Parliament and Ayer Itam constituency community centre in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Penang, on Friday.

Chow said Khairy was receptive to the proposal and agreed to look into it for the second phase of the programme, probably in two months’ time, as the vaccine supply presently was low.

“The proposal is for any factory which has between 1,000 and 5,000 workers.

“After ensuring registration, the vaccination can be carried out at the factory site rather than the workers coming out to be vaccinated.

“This public-private partnership could be a good model to carry out the immunisation programme in the industrial area, ” he added.

On the community centre, Chow said it could now be used to carry out activities, especially for senior citizens in the area.

As part of a corporate social responsibility initiative, Penang Adventist Hospital sent staff members to the centre to provide free influenza (flu) vaccine shots for the first 100 senior citizens in the B40 group.

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