COUNCIL frontliners are being vaccinated in stages with hopes to get 70% of them vaccinated on both the island and mainland soon, said Penang local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.
He said that with over 4,000 frontliners working for Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), vaccination would be carried out in stages.
“The first batch was vaccinated two weeks ago and the workers are waiting to get their second dose.
“So far, 993 from MBPP and 391 from MBSP have received their first dose and will be getting their second dose on May 7.
“The process started with 400 enforcement officers from both councils and progressed to all our ground staff, ” he said during a press conference held outside City Hall in George Town.
Jagdeep urged all council staff and the public to register for the vaccine.
“We need to be careful as there are now different strains of the virus and we cannot let our guard down, ” he said.
Jagdeep then gave out 500 packs of Ramadan rations to each city council.
“Frontliners working for both councils need to be recognised for working tirelessly to keep the state clean and safe.
“As frontliners, they are exposed to risks, ” he said.
MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud, who was also present, said due to Covid-19 cases breaching the 3,000 mark again this year, MBSP was refreshing its training sessions on how to deal with the pandemic and standard operating procedures.
“We have to be prepared as the number of Covid-19 cases is on the rise, ” he said.
It was reported in early April that the state Health Department was preparing to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to 1,900 frontliners from MBSP and MBPP.