SIX Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPV) in Penang have been identified and approved under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas) to intensify inoculation for the industrial and factory sectors.
The PPVs are located at Equatorial Hotel Penang, Intel Technology Sdn Bhd, Jabil Circuits Sdn Bhd and Plexus Manufacturing Sdn Bhd in Bayan Lepas.
On the mainland, the listed PPV now includes Inari Amerton Berhad in Batu Kawan, in addition to Bukit Jawi Golf Resort, which started dispensing vaccines on June 16.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this would intensify the immunisation process for the industrial sector in the state.
The PPV in Equatorial Hotel will start operations on June 28.
“The other PPVs are expected to operate soon and they will continue to provide vaccination service to other companies until vaccination is complete for these sectors,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Statistics from the state Health Department show that generally, the highest numbers of infections are reported from workplace clusters.
Among the current clusters, 27 are from factories, three from non-factory sectors, two from construction sites, one from prison and one from the religious sector.
“The state has been using all sorts of approaches including sending outreach programmes to organisations and local communities to ensure that such communities are not left out,” Chow said.
As of last Sunday, 93 old folks homes were visited under such initiatives and 3,513 residents and their caregivers were vaccinated.
To break the chain of infection in workplaces, a total of 101 factories were ordered to close due to Covid-19 cases from January up to June 20.
Chow said out of these, 45 were in central Seberang Prai, 14 in south Seberang Prai, three in north Seberang Prai. On the island, three were in the Northeast District and 36 in Southwest District.
“Enforcement bodies will continue operations to identify factories which are cheating or operating in secrecy,” he said.
Chow also announced that Penang police Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan told the Penang security action committee that from January up to May, 19 attempted suicide cases were reported in the state.
“Another 53 other suicide cases were received and state Health Department will look into this,” he added.
On the state’s vaccination rate, state local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said as of June 18, 197,462 people had been vaccinated in Penang, bringing the percentage up to 14.4% of the state’s vaccinated population.
“We want to achieve the targeted immunity of 80% in the state by August.
“To achieve that, we need to vaccinate 1.34 million people in Penang.
“With the six more vaccination centres in Penang, we can hopefully vaccinate several thousands a day.
“Our mega PPV at Setia SPICE Arena can cater to 2,000 to 3,000 people,” he said.
Jagdeep said of the 1.77 million population in Penang, 963,909 people had signed up for the vaccine so far as of June 18.
Currently, Penang has one mega PPV at Setia SPICE Arena and five smaller PPVs at Caring Society Complex, Balik Pulau Sports Complex, Dewan Millenium, Dewan Serbaguna Jawi and Seberang Prai Arena Convention Centre.
Centres have also been set up at six private hospitals.