Enhancing vaccination efforts


AT least four more vaccine dispensing centres (PPV) will be operational by this month to ensure more Penangites who have registered under the National Immunisation Programme get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said besides public PPVs at Seberang Jaya Expo site and Balai Rakyat Bayan Baru, special PPVs for economic frontliners involving the manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors would be set up to increase the vaccination rate in the state.

“Together with the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, the International Trade and Industry Ministry, and other related agencies, we have identified two special PPVs for economic frontliners on the island and mainland.

“I have sent a letter on Friday to the International Trade and Industry Ministry requesting to implement on-site PPVs involving three multinational companies to be approved the soonest to increase the existing capacity,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

On the mobile vaccination unit outreach programme involving homes for the elderly, Chow said a total of 87 centres had been visited with some 3,309 residents and staff vaccinated so far.

He said efforts to ensure that all risky group get vaccinated would be fulfilled soon.

At present, Caring Society Complex, Penang Pesta site in Sungai Nibong, Balik Pulau Sports Complex, Dewan Millenium in Kepala Batas, Seberang Prai

Arena Convention Centre in Seberang Jaya and Dewan Serbaguna Jawi in Nibong Tebal have been running as public PPVs since April 19.

The state’s mega PPV at Setia SPICE Arena in Bayan Lepas started functioning on June 7 for the opt-in AstraZeneca vaccination programme.

Private PPVs at Lam Wah Ee Hospital, Pantai Hospital Penang and KPJ Penang Specialist Hospital have also been operational since last week while LohGuanLye Specialists Centre, Penang Adventist Hospital and Gleneagles Hospital Penang are expected to start today.

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