THE younger generation is advised to take the initiative to help elderly relatives with Covid-19 vaccination status checks to keep them from missing their appointments.
Johor MCA Wanita chief Wong You Fong said she had been receiving complaints that senior citizens, who were not tech-savvy, were missing their dates because they had not checked their MySejahtera app.
She said due to shortcomings in the vaccination registration system, many recipients did not receive an SMS or notification of their appointment.
There are also those who do not understand Bahasa Malaysia well.
“Some seniors had to go to coffeeshops or get help from their friends to check their status but with the current Covid-19 situation and the lockdown in place, they are advised not to leave home.
“This can be avoided if the younger generation set aside one minute of their day to assist their parents and elderly relatives by logging onto the vaccination website at www.vaksincovid.gov.my/semak-status/to check for their relatives’ updates.
“They just need to key in the person’s MyKad number and telephone number to check their status on the website.
“By knowing the appointment date early, the elderly can plan their journey without being caught off-guard at the last minute,” she said, adding that seniors living on their own without other family members could also get help from a trusted neighbour or seek assistance from MCA.
Wong reminded the public, especially younger family members that checking on the vaccination status was “homework” that needed to be done to ensure the national immunisation programme was successful.
She said those still facing problems with registration for the vaccine could call 011-6251 5678 (Johor MCA office) for assistance.