MOBILE vaccination units (MVU) will be the answer to getting those in rural and out-of-town areas vaccinated.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang needed to reach out to people in remote neighbourhoods to plug the gap in the combat against Covid-19.
“This will complete the goal to set up more Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPV), conduct mass vaccination and achieve herd immunity by October in Penang.
“MVU can focus on reaching people in low-cost housing schemes and People’s Housing Projects,” said Chow when visiting the PPV in LohGuanLye Specialists Centre in George Town on Friday.
Chow gave an assurance that the state would conduct a thorough study to identify hard-to-reach communities that can benefit from MVU.
Later, while visiting Lam Wah Ee Hospital’s PPV, Chow said the hospital has stated its willingness to increase the current daily doses of 200 to 300 or even 400.
He directed the State Secretary to look into this with the Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force.
Chow added that several PPVs in the state could also improve on their efficiency and yield higher doses per day.
Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali, who was in Penang, said the government was confident of reaching the daily vaccination rate of 300,000 doses nationwide soon.
“We surpassed the target of 200,000 doses a day and will reach 300,000 by increasing the number of PPV,” said Dr Noor Azmi to newsmen after visiting Pantai Hospital Penang’s PPV in Bayan Baru.
Dr Noor Azmi said the country was well on target to have 80% of the population vaccinated as outlined in the National Recovery Plan.
“Do not fear. All who have registered will be vaccinated as we will have enough vaccines with the bulk of supplies coming in July.
“As long as you have registered, you will receive your vaccine.”
Dr Noor Azmi said Malaysia would receive the first batch of the CanSino vaccine next month.
“This single-dose vaccine will be given only to groups such as those staying in rural areas, the disabled, the bedridden and the very elderly,” he explained.
He urged more private hospitals and general practitioners to step forward to assist the government in the vaccination process.