Senior citizens can ‘walk in’ for jabs at new PPV from Tuesday


PENANG will see the opening of another Covid-19 vaccination centre (PPV) at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas starting August.

The new centre would have a capacity of delivering 5,000 injection doses daily, announced Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

“Through the state-level Covid-19 Immunisation Taskforce (CITF) meeting, another mega PPV at the SPICE Convention Centre will operate from Aug 1 with a capacity of 5,000 injection doses per day.”

Chow said senior citizens, who have registered or otherwise through MySejahtera and have not obtained any appointments, may ‘walk-in’ to the PPVs at Dewan Millenium, SP Arena or Jawi multipurpose hall on the Penang mainland starting Monday.

The new PPV at Setia SPICE will enable ‘walk in’ for senior citizens living in the northeast and southwest district starting Tuesday.

“Please bring personal documents, especially identity cards for the registration and immunisation process,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Chow also congratulated Penangites as more than half of its population have received at least their first dose of Covid-19 vaccination.

“As of 11:59pm on Wednesday, Penang has achieved a 51.1% rate of people having received at least their first dose.

“The state promises to multiply its effort to ensure that we achieve the target of having the adult population obtaining at least one dose of vaccine injection earlier than targeted, which is in early September.”

Chow said Penang would continue to take the 3T approach, namely testing, tracing and treatment towards efforts to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

“The high number of cases recorded is the result of mass screening carried out not only by the state Health Department but also from Penang’s free mass screening programme and initiatives of industries themselves.

“The increase in screening rates includes cluster screening, close contact and others due to the addition of new clusters reported during this week.

“As of noon on Wednesday, there were 51 active clusters reported, namely 40 from the manufacturing sector; workplace (7); educational institutions (2) and construction sites (2).

“Four of the new clusters reported also involve the manufacturing sector.

“Based on a report from the state Health Department, a total of 155 factories have been ordered to close in the period from January to July 26,” said Chow.

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