Senior citizens in Penang can now walk-in to have their jabs

Getting ready: Officers ensuring wheelchairs are in working condition for senior citizens to use when they walk-in for their Covid-19 vaccination from tomorrow at Dewan Millenium PPV in Kepala Batas. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Senior citizens in Penang who have yet to get their Covid-19 shots can walk into selected centres for immediate vaccination and expect a smooth experience because there are fewer than 10% of them in the state who are yet to be vaccinated.

Northeast district Health officer Datin Dr Azizah Abdul Manan said more than 90% of those aged 60 and above were already vaccinated and in some districts, every senior citizen who registered had turned up for their jabs.

This privilege for senior citizens starts tomorrow on mainland Penang and Tuesday on the island.

“As the walk-in process is meant only for senior citizens, we will ensure that this process will not disrupt the ongoing flow of vaccination for others.

“For instance, for the centre at Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Relau, we have a separate counter to facilitate the walk-ins of senior citizens,” she said yesterday.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced that senior citizens who had not gotten any vaccination appointments could walk in for jabs.

On the mainland, the walk-in facilities for senior citizens will be located at Dewan Millenium, SP Arena or Jawi Multipurpose Hall.

On the island, it will be at Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Relau.

Dr Azizah emphasised that the walk-ins were only meant for those aged 60 and above who have not registered for the vaccination at all or those who registered but missed their appointments.

“As we will set up special counters for them, we urge senior citizens to come and get vaccinated.

“Senior citizens who encountered technical difficulties with the MySejahtera app can also walk in and we will have officers on duty to help them,” she said.

Dr Azizah added that the centre at Setia SPICE Convention Centre was expected to cater to over 200 senior citizens for walk-in jabs a day.

“We have records of some 3,000 senior citizens who have not registered for vaccination on the island’s northeast district.

“We hope they will take this opportunity to get their shots,” she said.

Dr Azizah said after vaccination of all senior citizens in Penang was completed, they might open walk-ins for other groups such as those with comorbidities.

On Wednesday, Chow said 51.1% of people in Penang had received at least their first dose.

He said the state promised to multiply its efforts to ensure that the whole adult population got at least one dose of the vaccine before September.

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