On track to protect senior citizens

A senior citizen receiving her first dose at Caring Society Complex. — Filepic

PENANG has vaccinated 52% of its registered senior citizens so far, with the state Health Department’s outreach mobile vaccination programme being carried out at 93 old folk’s homes.

Penang health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said there were 174,802 registered senior citizens and 91,007 had been vaccinated as of June 13

“Among those vaccinated, 66,104 people had comorbidities while 24,903 were without any comorbidites.

“This was up to June 13 and the number of people vaccinated could be a lot higher now.

“We are vaccinating up to 10,000 people a day,” she said when contacted on Sunday.

She added that the mobile vaccination units had vaccinated 3,513 individuals at 93 old folk’s homes.

“Of that number, 1,175 were caregivers and 2,338 were residents of the homes.

“This programme started in May after three clusters involving old folk’s homes broke out in Penang.

“At that time, mobile vaccination units were swiftly dispatched to the old folk’s homes across the state to provide jabs irrespective of whether the residents had registered or not,” said Dr Norlela.

On May 14, two nursing homes within the same area in Lebuh Katz, Penang, were ordered to close after 36 residents and workers were infected with the Covid-19 virus.

The index case of the Lebuh Katz cluster was a 68-year-old man who tested positive on May 10.

All the 36 people in the cluster who tested positive were sent to Penang Hospital.

On May 15, another new cluster stemming from a nursing home in Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Taman Century, was identified.

The index case was a 77-year-old man who tested positive on May 9 during a screening done before surgery.

A total of 19 people were screened and 12 tested positive for Covid-19.

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