Need to step up giving jabs

P’ng Yew Khoon, 60, (left) watching his wife Goh Yuet Kit, 56, receive her booster jab at the vaccination centre in Seberang Jaya Expo site.

THE administering of booster jabs for Penangites is expected to be completed by the end of February, said state health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin.

She said as of yesterday, more than 700,000 people who were eligible had received their booster jabs in the state.

“So far, I must say the numbers are rather good in Penang.

“The state government is working hard at getting more people to receive their booster jabs.

“We are currently discussing with participating private hospitals and ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd to establish two additional vaccination centres in the state.

“We are looking at the possibility of establishing vaccination centres at Dewan Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi in Bagan Luar, Butterworth and at Balik Pulau Sports Complex in Balik Pulau.

“If more vaccination centres can be established, about 2,000 to 3,000 people can receive their jabs in a day, and the target to complete this exercise by the end of February can be accomplished,” she said.

Currently, there are eight private hospitals, 74 private clinics and a healthcare organisation (HCO) centre available for booster jabs in Penang.

A HCO centre is a large hall with the capacity to administer more than 1,000 injections per day.

On the rise in Omicron infections in the country, Norlela said the public should continue practising the new norms in their daily life.

“Always be vigilant and don’t be complacent when following the standard operating procedure (SOP) as it is paramount to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“With the upcoming Chinese New Year festival, adhering to the SOP is vital to prevent Covid-19 infection,” she said.

Meanwhile, Norlela called for every parliamentary constituency to be installed with automated external defibrillator (AED) devices in public places.

“Every MP should allocate funds to instal the AED machines in public places in their constituency.

“The AED can provide emergency assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest,” she said.

Currently, there are about 100 AEDs in public places, government institutions and private schools under the initiative by Penang Heart Safe Society (PHSS).

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