SOME 5,000 personnel in port- related services in Penang will be up for their Covid-19 vaccinations at a centre to be set up at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal starting Tuesday.
Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said the commission, through the Transport Ministry (MOT), had agreed to coordinate the Transport Sector Industry Vaccination Centre for Penang Port and its chain of services.
There are about 5,434 staff members from PPC, Penang Port Sdn Bhd, sailors, workers in logistic sector and other communities working at the port.
“As much as 200 doses will be dispensed daily and it will take 27 days to complete the first dose.
“Dispensing of the second doses will start right after all recipients involved complete their first dose.
“Port personnel have been contributing their services 24 hours daily without stop since the movement control order (MCO) last year to ensure smooth delivery of essential items to consumers.
“Hence, the Covid-19 vaccination programme is important to ensure operation at the port can go on smoothly and serve as additional protection to curb the spread of Covid-19 within its premises.
“I’m confident that with a vaccination programme held for Penang Port, the port community will be more confident in delivering their respective responsibilities and speed up the country’s economic recovery,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The vaccination programme is coordinated by PPC with support from MOT as well as the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) and Health Ministry.
“We are proud to shoulder the responsibility as operator of this programme after taking into account the importance of vaccination in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We express highest appreciation to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong for taking the initiative to ensure immunisation can be given to frontline personnel in the maritime sector,” he added.