GEORGE TOWN: Those eligible for booster shots can now apply to be on the walk-in waiting list at any one of the 83 Covid-19 vaccine dispensing centres in Penang.

State health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said there were eight private hospitals, 74 private clinics and a healthcare organisation (HCO) centre to cater to those eligible but yet to be notified via the MySejahtera app.

An HCO centre is a large hall with the capacity to administer more than 1,000 injections per day.

“You can now register to be on the waiting list at one of these private facilities by phone or email – according to the list available on ProtectHealth website

“The public can also go to their nearest private facility to register,” she said, adding that the programme began yesterday.

It was earlier reported that those who registered for the waiting list would be contacted by private health facilities to replace no-shows or cancellations and get vaccinated on a walk-in basis.

The registration is for those who are eligible for booster shots, who want to be vaccinated earlier than their appointment dates, who have not received their first or second Covid-19 vaccine doses, who missed their appointments and adolescents aged 12 to 17 who have not completed their vaccination dosage.

Priority will be given to frontliners, individuals aged 40 and above, those aged 18 and above with comorbidities, residents and workers of long-term healthcare facilities, pregnant women and those who need to travel abroad.

Dr Norlela said as at Sunday, 38,400 individuals in Penang had received their booster shots, adding that the Pfizer vaccine was being used for now.

She also expressed disappointment over the slow rate of administering booster shots in Penang compared to other states in the country.

She added that more outreach programmes should be done by the authorities to instil greater awareness on the importance of booster shots, especially in preventing new outbreaks of Covid-19.

“I hope Penangites, especially senior citizens and those in the high-risk group, will take this opportunity to get their booster shots,” she said.

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