Helping to save more lives


Ooi checking her Covid-19 vaccination status at the booth. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

THE public, especially senior citizens, took the chance to enquire about the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme during the ‘Assist in Registration and Vaccination of Covid-19 Vaccine’ mobile service session near the Sri Bandar market in Butterworth.

The booth was set up by Bagan MCA with the aim of encouraging more people to register for the vaccine.

Cleaner S. Rajambal, 67, who was shopping for groceries, stopped by to register for the vaccine for herself and her 45-year-old son with disabilities.

“I am not well-versed in digital technology.

“I am thankful that Bagan MCA can help me register using the MySejahtera app, ” she said.

Housewife Ooi Siuw Kie, 68, said she decided to drop by the booth as she lived nearby.

“My son helped me to register for the vaccination two weeks ago and I wanted to check my status.

“I encourage everyone to register as soon as possible and not wait any longer, ” she said.

Economy rice seller Ng Seo Lai, 60, said he registered for the Covid-19 jab a week ago.

“Since I have to meet many different customers every day, it is better for me to be vaccinated to protect myself from the virus.”

Meanwhile, Bagan MCA division chairman Dr Tan Chuan Hong said his team had conducted eight registration drives since March 7.

“We have signed up around 800 people, including senior citizens and youths, ” he said.

“We will ask those who do not have a smartphone to fill in their details on the printed registration form and we will help them key in their details online.

“We will ask them to wait for a confirmation SMS from the Health Ministry within a few days.

“If they do not get it, they can call us and we can help them summit the form online again.

“As for those who own a smartphone, we will help them register through their MySejahtera app immediately.”

Dr Tan said they usually set up their mobile booths at morning markets from 9am to noon and at hawker centres and coffee shops from 7pm to 10pm.

“Some apartment management committees even invited us to set up our booth at their premises between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.

“We can now help foreigners with passports as the website has been updated, ” he said.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said recently the government might consider setting a deadline on Covid-19 vaccination registration to ensure a smooth immunisation process.

He had said the registration could not be allowed to continue forever.

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