26 additional private facilities equipped with administering booster doses have been engaged in the state’s bid to combat a covid-19.
Penang To Engage More Private Facilities To Administer Vaccine Booster Doses
Penang has expanded its current Covid-19 vaccination centres by adding 26 private facilities equipped with administering booster doses. Chow Kon Yeow, the Chief Minister, said that the additional facilities will complement the present 47.
He also said that the state Health Department has received two applications for the establishment of a Health Care Organisation booster dose injection centre in a larger hall suitable of administering more than 1,000 doses each day.
“Various agencies will work together to increase public confidence in getting their booster shots.”
“Focus will also be given to those who do not show up for their second vaccination dose, including those who were left out,” he said in a statement recently.
As of Nov 11, the Penang Health Department reported that a total of 23,129 individuals had received their booster shots.
However, it was recently revealed that up to 40% of patients who were eligible for their booster dosage failed to show up for their appointments despite being contacted through the MySejahtera app.
Dr Norlela Ariffin, head of the Penang health committee, said the administration of the booster dose to frontline workers and senior citizens should be expedited to better protect them against Covid-19.
She said that she had advocated vaccine outreach programmes to the state’s 145 old folk homes, mentioning clusters at several locations previously.
“The state Health Department’s priority is to administer booster jabs to senior citizens who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. But some of them refused to receive a different brand of vaccine for their booster shots after hearing stories of negative effects,” she said.
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Norlela said that she advocated doing outreach programmes at both city council buildings to expedite the process of booster shot vaccinations for their employees.
“Both city council mayors have also urged that the administering of booster shots for the frontliners, be sped up,” she said.
As of yesterday, CovidNow reported that 29,738 individuals in Penang had received their booster doses.