Covid-19: Over 50% of Penangites have received first dose of vaccine, says CM


Chow Kon Yeow. -filepic

GEORGE TOWN: More than half of Penang's adult population have received at least their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

"As of Wednesday (28 July), 51.1% of Penangites received their first dose of the vaccine.

"The state promises to multiply its effort to ensure that we achieve the target of having the adult population obtaining at least one dose of vaccine jab earlier than the target, which is in early September.

"Through the state level Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) meeting, another mega vaccination centre (PPV) at the SPICE Convention Centre (SPICE CC) will operate from Aug 1 with a capacity of 5,000 vaccine doses per day.

"Also decided was that senior citizens registered through MySejahtera and who have not obtained any appointments may walk in starting Aug 2 at the PPVs in Dewan Millenium, SP Arena or Jawi Multipurpose Hall, while SPICE CC will begin serving senior citizens living in the north-east and south-west districts from Aug 3.

"Please bring personal documents, especially identity cards, for the registration and immunisation process," Chow said in a statement on Thursday (July 29).

He said Penang will continue to take the 3T approach, namely Testing, Tracing and Treatment, towards efforts to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

"The result of high cases being recorded is the result of mass screening carried out not only by the state Health Department but also Penang's free mass screening programme and initiatives of industries themselves.

"The increase in screening rates includes cluster screening, close contact and others due to the addition of new clusters reported this week.

"As of noon on Wednesday, there were 51 active clusters reported, 40 from the manufacturing sector, seven from workplaces, and two each from educational institutions and construction sites.

"Four of the new clusters reported also involve the manufacturing sector.

"Based on a report from the state Health Department, a total of 155 factories were ordered to close from January until July 26," said Chow.

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