PENANG is expected to receive more vaccine supply soon to enable the state to ramp up its vaccination drive.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this was announced by National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin during the National Security Council special session on Covid-19 management on Friday.
“The vaccine supply will be double of what Penang received for this month.
“With additional supply, we hope this will enable all vaccine dispersing centres (PPV), including the on-site PPV involving several multi-national company, to be fully operational,” he said in a statement.
Chow said currently there were 11 public PPVs in the state, including at Setia SPICE Arena and Universiti Sains Malaysia main campus in Gelugor, one special PPV for economic frontliners and seven PPVs based in private hospitals.
A total of 19 private clinics are also doing the vaccination programme.
He said overall, the daily vaccination rate for Penang was now above the target set by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) based on the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme.
“The vaccination target set by Mosti for Penang for June is 6,544 doses per day. We have reached 14,422 injections on June 24 with several PPV recording levels exceeding the maximum capacity set,” he said.
As of June 24, the performance rate in vaccination effort in Penang reported in the vaksincovid.gov.my website stands at 13.91.
“The state government will continue to mobilise its full resources to enable Penangites to be fully vaccinated,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the state has also formed a task force to spearhead implementation of the Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for the Sustainability of Tourism Industry.
State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, who heads the task force, said the team would study the framework and operations of the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas).
“The proposed immunisation programme for tourism frontliners is part of our long-term strategy in building a sustainable tourism landscape that leads towards the revival of Penang’s tourism industry,” he said.
The task force comprises of the Association of Tourist Attractions Penang, Malaysian Association of Hotels, Penang Tourists Guides Association, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents and Malaysia Chinese Tourism Association.