GEORGE TOWN, May 31  — Six private hospitals in Penang have been roped in for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme to serve as vaccination centres (PPVs) beginning mid-June, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

He said the Penang State Health Department informed him that these private hospitals would start administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the second week of June.

“This will be followed by the addition of private clinics (as PPVs) from time to time,” he said in a statement today.

Chow hoped that the immunisation rate in the state could be increased with the opening of mega vaccination centres.

“In collaboration with the private sector, the target is to vaccinate 1.3 million people in Penang by the end of the year to achieve herd immunity,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chow said he was told that police would be conducting 43 roadblocks involving 665 personnel in the state during the 14-day total lockdown beginning June 1.


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