GEORGE TOWN, June 30 — The state government will implement a targeted COVID-19 mass screening programme in the community, or Penang COVID-19 Screening (PSC-19), from Monday (July 5).
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the PSC-19, which will begin at the Penang City Stadium involving the state assembly constituencies of Sungai Pinang, Padang Kota, Dato Keramat and Pulau Tikus, would be implemented in stages.
“The PSC-19 programme is fully financed by the Penang government and it will use the RTK-Antigent method. Other than dealing with the respective state assembly offices, an application known as penangsaring.selangkah.my is being developed to facilitate the people of Penang to register,” he said via a live broadcast on his official Facebook today.
He also appealed to the National Security Council (MKN) to consider using the threshold value indicator of every state, and not the national-level indicator, in deciding the transition to Phase Two of the Movement Control under the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for states.
“This is because every state has and is facing different case infection rates, which require a special consideration in deciding further strategies that need to be implemented,” he said.
Chow acknowledged that states which succeeded in transitioning to Phase Two would still need to boost enforcement and compliance of the standard operating procedure (SOP) in order to move to the next phase.
Meanwhile, Chow said Penang would receive 591,532 doses of vaccines from July 5 to July 28 under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
As such, he hoped Penang would be able to achieve the three targets, namely 10 per cent of the population to be administered with both doses of the vaccine, vaccination of registered senior citizens aged 60 and above; and vaccination of those registered recipients aged 60 and below.