Visually-impaired eager to be vaccinated


Yap (left) with two visually-impaired persons in this file photo taken before the MCO.

THE visually-impaired in Sibu are also anxious to get vaccinated.

Yap Chong Yap, 56, said he was still waiting to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

“The Welfare Department and the Sarawak Society for the Blind have helped us register for the vaccine.

“But I still do not know when my turn will come, ” he said.

Some of his peers in Sibu and Kuching have already received either their first or second dose.

“Some of us in the Sibu division are still waiting for our vaccination appointment, ” he said.

“Last month, someone from the Health Department called me and said that I would get vaccinated in June.

“I am eagerly waiting, ” he added.

Though Yap has his preference for the type of vaccine, he said he would accept whatever was given to him.

He urged the government to give priority to persons with disabilities, including visually-impaired persons, under the national immunisation programme so that they could carry on with their lives with greater assurance of protection from the disease.

“Most of the disabled have no income during this pandemic as they cannot run their own businesses.

“I hope the government can look into our plight, ” said Yap, who operates a blind massage centre.

His business is affected as massage centres are not allowed to operate during the conditional movement control order period, the MCO and the current lockdown.

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