Penang seniors turn up in force for vaccination


GEORGE TOWN: Penang has recorded over 80% attendance at the start of the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme involving senior citizens.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the three vaccination centres recorded 83.4%, 89% and 88% turnouts in the first three days of the second phase that began Monday.

He added that some were unable to attend due to vaccine incompatibility issues, were out of the district or state, or who had a sudden change of mind.

“We hope those who changed their minds will be able to get their vaccination dates rescheduled.“An attendance percentage as high as 89% is considered good.

“Let’s continue to increase awareness so that senior citizens can take the opportunity to get themselves vaccinated, ” he said during an online Q&A session with the press yesterday.

Chow said there were no issues with vaccine supplies so far, adding that senior citizens who missed the vaccination dates only need to wait for a new date.

“However, the date may not come immediately as the MySejahtera app will have to do a reassessment.

“For senior citizens who are unable to attend due to transportation issues, they can register their relatives or children as vaccination dependants through MySejahtera.

“In such cases, they (the relatives or children) can accompany the senior citizens to receive the jabs and bring them home, ” he said.

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