Need for more vaccination centres

A nurse is among the first batch of frontliners to receive the vaccine shot at Lam Wah Ee Hospital, Penang. — Filepic

PENANG is looking at a two-prong strategy to increase the number of vaccination centres and site vaccinations in industrial areas under the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

State health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said the state was looking into receiving higher number of vaccines in the second phase with a need to have more centres for vaccine administration.

“I had also asked for vaccination by private clinics and hospitals and in-situ vaccination at factories so that the process can be done more cost-effectively and reduce public sector manpower, ” she said when contacted on Sunday.

Dr Norlela said at present there are five vaccination centres (PPVs) and 11 Health Ministry hospitals, which are adequate to administer the vaccines.

“There are no new private hospitals to administer vaccines in the second phase and we have to wait for feedback from the Health Ministry if there are any.

“However, private hospitals which are interested can register with the ministry to carry out the vaccination.

“Let’s wait for more vaccines to arrive at end of May as it is about the availability of vaccines. Once the number increases, we can have more vaccination centres.

“Since it is Ramadan month, the administration of the vaccines will be done from 9am to 5pm on weekdays only, ” she added.

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