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Make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory, Penang exco tells Putrajaya

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 7 — Penang state government councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo in the present day referred to as on new Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to contemplate making it necessary for each Malaysian to register for Covid-19 vaccination.

The native authorities, housing and city and nation planning committee chairman mentioned the authorities have put in a lot effort to cease the unfold of the virus but it surely may very well be undone by a small group of people that refused to be vaccinated.

“It doesn’t make sense that we do all these programmes to combat Covid-19 and a few folks nonetheless refused to register for Covid-19 vaccination so the ministry should look into this,” he advised a press convention in Dewan Sri Pinang right here this morning.

Jagdeep mentioned the federal government’s efforts within the struggle in opposition to Covid-19 will probably be for nothing so long as there have been folks refusing vaccination and nonetheless insisting on going out in public, which put others in danger.

“When this group goes out, with the brand new variant round, they’ll get it and have an effect on the remainder of us even when we’re already vaccinated,” he mentioned.

He added that every one civil servants ought to register for vaccination, together with lecturers as colleges are reopening quickly.

“You are within the public service, if you’re not vaccinated and you’re uncovered to Covid-19, you’re not a public servant, you’re a public spreader of Covid-19 since you take care of the general public in your job,” he mentioned.

Jagdeep mentioned lecturers must be vaccinated earlier than colleges reopen.

“I consider all dad and mom agree that vaccination is a should for all lecturers, how can dad and mom be anticipated to ship their youngsters to high school if their lecturers will not be vaccinated?”

Jagdeep mentioned the state has agreed to increase its Covid-19 neighborhood vaccination mobilisation programme (Movak) for hawkers and merchants in Penang for an additional 4 days from this Thursday to Sunday.

He mentioned a complete of 11,000 doses got to hawkers and merchants in Penang in the course of the first part of Movak between August 30 and September 2.

“We will probably be dishing out one other 5,200 doses within the 4 days from Thursday solely on two places, one on the island and one on the mainland, attributable to scarcity of individuals to man the centres,” he mentioned.

He mentioned there will probably be buses to deliver hawkers and merchants with out transport to the 2 designated places, one on the Dewan Dato’ Haji Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth and one other at Dewan Sri Pinang on the island.

As of September 5, Jagdeep mentioned a complete 1.32 million folks in Penang have registered for vaccination and 1.19 million or 67.2 per cent have obtained their first dose.

A complete of 844,650 folks or 47 per cent have obtained their second dose and Jagdeep mentioned all the registered grownup inhabitants would have obtained at the very least their first dose by the top of this month.

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