Phase two of national Covid-19 immunisation programme to begin with 2,330 senior citizens


IPOH: The Health Ministry (MOH) has agreed to implement the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme beginning this April with residents at institutions for senior citizens, involving 2,330 people.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said her ministry was now working with MOH and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) to coordinate the matter, especially for those at institutions under the Social Welfare Department (JKM).

“The number is part of the 80,000 names comprising senior citizens, chronic patients and people with disabilities (PwD) given to the MOH.

“JKM is also collecting the data of members of the Senior Citizens Activity Centres (Pawe) for the vaccination, involving more than 47,000 senior citizens,” she told a press conference after handing over an allocation of RM450,000 for Pawe in Perak here today.

She said her ministry would conduct an advocacy programme to instil awareness on the need for the public to get the Covid-19 vaccine jab and called on all the people, especially senior citizens, to register for the immunisation programme through the channels provided, including the MySejahtera application.

Earlier, in her speech, Rina said the government was targeting to set up Pawe in all parliamentary constituencies in the country by 2030.

She said there were currently 143 Pawe in131 parliamentary constituencies, involving 47,627 members.

“This year, JKM has allocated RM2 million for the establishment of 20 new Pawe, including RM100,000 for repair work and the purchase of equipment for the new Pawe in Kuala Kangsar, Perak,” she said.

She said the government was also implementing the Aged-Friendly City as a pilot project Taiping, being that Perak had the highest percentage of senior citizens in the country at 15.8 percent.

“Through this project, carried out in collaboration with the Economic Planning Unit and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the ministry will develop a blueprint that can be used by local authorities in providing an area or city that is friendly to all ages, including the senior citizens,” she said.

In another development, she said the ministry would discuss with the Public Service Department on the proposal for working from home (WFH) as raised by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

On March 8, in conjunction with the 2021 Women’s Day, the prime minister said that the government was looking into extending the WFH arrangement for both the public and private sector staff and giving full pay to enable workers to care of ailing family member, or in the case of men, to help their wives look after their newborn child. – Bernama

Providing carbon dioxide storage solutions

FOREST sustainability can meet the demands of Sarawakians without jeopardising the state’s future generations, said Datuk Huang Tiong Sii (GPS-Repok). During the DUN sitting today,...

Share post:

Our Opinion

More like this

Added incentive to speed up reforestation policy

THE introduction of the Forests (Amendment) Bill 2022 is...

Power to better manage state’s forests

THE Forests (Amendment) Bill 2022 will give power to...

More job opportunities through carbon credit industry

THE introduction of the Forest (Amendment) Bill 2022 will...

Enough funds for Simunjan District Council

THE Simunjan District Council has secured sufficient funding from...

Keluarga Malaysia Sales in Kapit on May 21-22

KAPIT: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs...

Early morning blaze destroys house in Sri Aman

SIMANGGANG: A two-storey house at Kampung Hilir Sri Aman...

Vast opportunities from state’s forest carbon stocks

THE existence of carbon stocks in Sarawak will put...

Sarawak to continue cross-border trade talks with Indonesia

THE Sarawak government will continue negotiations with Indonesia to...

Creation of new industries, evolution of current ones

NEW industries will be created and current ones can...

Forest (Amendment) Bill 2022 a boon to Sarawakians

THE Forest (Amendment) Bill 2022 will be a boon...

More time needed for claims under MA63 that require constitutional amendments

THE Sarawak government will review the need to make...

Citizenship has always been a federal matter

THE decision to speed up the process of tackling...