Call for traders to get jabs

General view of hawker stalls at Cecil Street Market, Penang. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

ALMOST 60% of licensed hawkers in Penang have yet to receive their vaccine doses.

Of the total 17,584 licensed hawkers, 59.8% or 10,530 of them have not received their jabs.

State local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said on the island, 2,187 hawkers or 30.9% of the 7,057 licensed hawkers have not been vaccinated while the other 815 are unaccounted for.

“On the mainland, 79.2% or 8,343 out of 10,527 hawkers are not vaccinated.

“But as of Aug 13, a total of 938,171 individuals or 52.9% of the population in the state have received their first dose.

“We have 1.31 million people registered for vaccination in Penang,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

Jagdeep said as the state continues to empower more public health strategies to curb the spread of Covid-19, Penang’s mass Covid-19 screening programme (PSC-19) will continue.

Hawkers selling food at roadside stalls in Chulia Street in George Town. — FilepicHawkers selling food at roadside stalls in Chulia Street in George Town. — Filepic

“Depending on our test records and real-time Covid-19 hotspot locations, the test quota for PSC-19 will be shifted.

“The test quota will be shifted from constituencies on the island to the mainland as there is a need for more testing to be conducted in areas with a high number of cases there.

“In the coming days from Aug 20, PSC-19 will be held at several locations on the mainland,” he said.

He said that on Aug 20, it will be held at the basketball court in Bukit Panchor, Jawi, and on Aug 21 at the hall of the central Seberang Prai district Education Office in Permatang Pasir.

“On Aug 21, it will be held in Pinang Tunggal at Sekolah Rendah At-Taqwa Taman Bertam Indah and on Aug 22 at the Bandar Perda MPKK hall in Bukit Mertajam.

“Individuals who want to get tested can register for the testing at their desired locations through the service centres in their constituency,” he said.

Those who are interested can register at penangsaring.

Jagdeep added that up to yesterday, PSC-19 had been conducted across 38 locations in the state and 32,146 Antigen Rapid Test Kits (RTK-Ag) were used.

“From this figure, 94.23% of the tests came back negative for Covid-19 and 1,850 of the RTK-Ag tests were positive.

“But for the time being, out of the 1,850 positive tests, 717 are awaiting results from the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests.

“This involves individuals who came for PSC-19 from Aug 8 to Aug 14 and their results will soon be obtained by the respective district health offices,” he explained.

Meanwhile, 2,722 out of 3,014 workers at the Penang Island City Council have received the vaccine.

“On the mainland, 2,989 Seberang Prai City Council workers out of 3,996 have been vaccinated,” Jagdeep said.

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