Press Metal vaccination centre to inoculate some 6,000 staff

BINTULU (June 16): The Press Metal Bintulu industrial vaccination centre (PPV) at Samalaju Industrial Park started its vaccination programme for its workers today.

Bintulu Resident Jack Aman Luat said Bintulu’s first industrial PPV has the capacity to administer 1,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine per day.

He said about 6,000 Press Metal Bintulu workers would be inoculated during the vaccination programme.

The Bintulu Division Disaster Management Committee chairman said this after inspecting yesterday’s dry run vaccination programme at the industrial PPV.

He said there is a possibility for the industrial PPV to be used by other companies operating in the Samalaju Industrial Park.

“This is still under discussion, but in terms of preparation, it would be good to utilise this PPV as it has been set up properly,” he said.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is scheduled to visit the industrial PPV tomorrow at 11am.

Jack Aman said there are plans to set up another industrial PPV in the Kidurong area specifically for the oil and gas sector such as Petronas, Shell, as well as Petronas subsidiaries including contractors, which would cover nearly 10,000 workers.

“They have submitted an action plan for this second industrial PPV and now it is still in the process of discussion and possibly the vaccinators will be from Protect Health Corporation,” he said.

He added this industrial PPV is only for industries and factories, while for nearby residents will be vaccinated at health clinics.

“We will also use the mobile outreach team to vaccinate people in the remote area.

“For example in Jepak, we will open the Jepak health clinic and Kuala Tatau health clinic to be used by the mobile outreach teams,” he said.

On congestion at Dewan Sri Kenyalang PPV, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu campus on Monday, Jack Aman said vaccine recipients will need to stick to their appointment times.

“For those who come more than one hour earlier from their appointment schedule, they will be asked to come back an hour before their appointment,” he said.

Jack Aman said security personnel would be stationed at the entrance gate to check appointment times to ensure only those who are supposed to be vaccinated during that particular hour would be allowed to enter. – Source: The Borneo Post