Walk-ins still accepted

SPICE Arena is among the PPV in Penang that will remain open until end of the month. – Filepic

TEN vaccination centres (PPV) will remain open for walk-ins in Penang until the end of the month, said state health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin.

The extension was made following the Health Ministry’s approval of Penang’s request to extend the opening of the 10 PPV until Oct 31.

“The state’s Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force, in a meeting on Monday, decided to allow walk-ins at the 10 PPV from now until Oct 31.

“Starting Wednesday, walk-in vaccination is applicable to teenagers above 12 years old.

“It is also open to 5,000 students of registered and unregistered religious schools who have yet to be vaccinated.

“Also included are those who missed their second dose appointments, those who have yet to register for vaccination or have yet to receive their appointments.”

The 10 PPV for walk-ins are the Pesta Site in Sungai Nibong, Balik Pulau Sports Complex, SPICE Arena, Dewan Milenium, Perda Convention Centre, Seberang Prai Arena, Seberang Jaya Expo Site, Vangohh Eminent Hotel, Jawi multipurpose hall and Sungai Bakap multipurpose hall.

Norlela said booster doses and third doses would also be dispensed to 480,000 people in Penang and vaccines are due to arrive.

“These doses will be provided to the elderly, frontliners and patients with comorbidities.

“The time and venue will be announced soon,” she said.

In a statement, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state Health Department revealed that the trend of case infections in the state showed a decline.

“As of Oct 4, a total of 65 intensive care unit (ICU) beds have been provided at the Penang Hospital (HPP).

“For the medium to long term, a total of four to six ICU beds will be added to HPP in the near future depending on need, four beds to the field hospital and 10 beds to Kepala Batas Hospital.

“Equipment and manpower needs are in planning for the opening of additional ICU involving cooperation at the state and central levels,” he said.

On Friday, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force issued a letter to the State Secretary informing the state that vaccine centres will be gradually closed.

It listed 13 PPV in five districts that will be closed and those with vaccination appointments will be rescheduled, some to nearby clinics.

On Monday, a meeting between Penang and federal agencies in charge of the vaccination programme re-adjusted the gradual closure of PPV.

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