THE onset of the monsoon season will not dampen vaccination programmes on the Penang mainland and vaccination centres (PPVs) there will continue to operate as usual.
Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the entire Seberang Prai except Pulau Aman was a Covid-19 red zone.
“With a population of one million people on the mainland, we are not letting our guard down.
“We will go ahead with our vaccination programmes.
“All PPVs on the mainland, including those operating with extended structures outside buildings, will continue with their vaccination efforts,” he said.
There have been flash floods on Penang island and mainland due to incessant rain over the past few days.
Meanwhile, the state is working on the dual strategy of pushing for herd immunity through vaccination and also to identify positive cases through the Covid-19 mass screening programme (PSC-19).
The last PSC-19 screening was held at Taman Camellia, Seberang Prai, on Sunday with the state reaching 46,021 registrations.
Rozali said a risk analysis conducted by the council showed that wet markets were the major contributor of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Therefore, MBSP enforcement teams have doubled their efforts in ensuring that traders and market-goers fully comply with the standard operating procedures.
“There are 30 wet markets on the mainland with nine of them closed and later reopened due to Covid-19 except for the Tambun Indah wet market which is still closed.
“More than 700 of the 1,451 Covid-19 cases in Penang on Monday were from mainland.
“We have prioritised vaccination for MBSP staff with 3,561 of 3,995 employees already jabbed.
“Out of that number, 1,663 have received their first dose and 1,898 both doses.
“It will be much easier to carry out monitoring and other civil works when a large number of our staff are vaccinated,” he said.
A total adult population of 1,071,985 (78.4%) in the state have received the first dose and 643,909 (47.1%) both doses so far.