Sept 15 vaccine target for all night market traders

The Community Vaccine Mobilisation (Movak) programme will kick off in Penang this Monday with the aim of giving all night market traders at least one dose of vaccine by Sept 15.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said although the National Security Council had allowed night markets to operate, the programme to vaccinate night market traders would help reduce the spreading of the virus, especially in red zone areas.

“There are 800 night market operators, with 38 night markets in Penang,” he said.

The Movak programme for hawkers and small traders would be held at two locations — the Penang City Stadium and Teluk Kumbar Community Hall.

The programme, which will run for four days ending on Sept 2, is also open to all food and beverage establishment operators and workers on the island registered under the city council.

Meanwhile, when asked about the vaccination rate for city council workers, Yew said the majority of the workers with a percentage of 96.12% had received either one or two doses of vaccine by far.

With economic sectors reopening, he also urged everyone to be responsible and take the standard operating procedures (SOP) seriously.

“We will take stern action against those who violate the SOP guidelines.”

He also praised traders and customers who did their part in practising the SOP outside their homes.

It was reported that over 10,000 hawkers and petty traders in Penang would be vaccinated under the Movak programme beginning Aug 30.

State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo had said the programme would last four days, adding that about 10,000 to 12,000 hawkers throughout all five districts in Penang would receive their vaccines through Movak.

Dining-in is permitted for fully-vaccinated individuals in Penang, which entered Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan on July 7.

Under the strict SOP, operators of food premises are also required to display at the entrance the number of workers who have been fully inoculated.

Dine-ins are subject to a 50% capacity with physical distancing and good ventilation in place.

On a separate matter, Yew said MBPP would waive the license payment for personal water slides for jet skis and winch boats for the year 2021 and 2022 amounting to RM16,600.

He added that the amount was divided among 24 owners, where each would pay an estimated RM350 per year.

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