Vaccination starts for over 5,000 port staff

Tan (left) observing a staff member receive his vaccine dose at the PPVIN at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in George Town.

VACCINATIONS for some 5,434 port-related services personnel have begun at the industry vaccination centre (PPVIN) at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in George Town.

Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said the PPVIN would operate from 8.30am to 2pm daily, administering up to 200 doses a day.

He said the PPVIN was set up to complement the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“This was carried out with the cooperation of the northern region Malaysian Marine Department and Penang Port.

“With this PPVIN here, we hope it can help the 5,434 personnel at Penang Port and the state to achieve herd immunity,” he said during a visit to the PPVIN on Tuesday, when vaccinations for the personnel started.

During the visit, Tan said the vaccination programme went on smoothly with the aid of volunteers on duty.

“We hope the commencement of this vaccination programme would help reduce the number of Covid-19 infections, especially among the port community and transportation sector in the state,” he added.

It was reported that the vaccination programme is coordinated by PPC with support from the Transport Ministry as well as the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and Health Ministry.

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