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Penang teens to be vaccinated from fourth week of September, says Khairy

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will start a vaccination programme for teenagers in the next two weeks, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said the ministry has made a projection on the implementation and the programme will start in the fourth week of September.

“We will implement the vaccination exercise among the teenagers, and most of it will be done at schools where they will be called by their respective schools to receive the jabs,” he said during a press conference during his visit to Penang on Saturday (Sept 11).

He said there are about 130,000 teenagers in the state who have been identified as eligible for the programme.

He also said the ministry was considering setting up a field hospital near the Penang Hospital. ANN

3 million teens to get Covid-19 jabs this year, Khairy says

He said the vaccination process would begin this month in several states.

“The Education Ministry is expected to make an announcement tomorrow on the reopening of schools in stages, and we hope to get all the adolescents vaccinated by as early as January 2022,” he said during a joint press conference with Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow today.

He said the process of inoculating about 130,000 adolescents in Penang would begin at the end of this month, and it would be implemented in their respective schools in the presence of their parents.

Meanwhile, Khairy said his ministry had yet to make a decision on the process of inoculating foreigners in Penang via the walk-in method, as implemented in the Klang Valley previously.

The health minister said he also encouraged high-risk patients in categories 1 and 2 of the disease in Penang to undergo quarantine at the Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) set up at the Jawi Mara Excellence Centre (MEC) in Nibong Tebal.

He said the PKRC at the Jawi MEC has 1,038 beds. However, only 500 beds were currently in use, and the Health Ministry encouraged Covid-19 patients in categories 1 and 2 to also be quarantined there.

“We need the cooperation of community representatives and ADUNs (state assemblymen) to persuade at-risk patients to undergo quarantine at the PKRC to reduce the infection rate,” he said.

He said the MOH would also open an additional PKRC at the Zakat Training Centre (PULAZA) in Balik Pulau with 190 beds, besides asking the private sector to help in setting up private PKRCs, as there are patients in the state who wish to be quarantined at such facilities. – Bernama