Extra boost for folk to get vaccine


Medical staff members at the vaccination centre at Penang Pesta site in Sungai Nibong attending to senior citizens.

STAND a chance to win a cash prize of RM1, 000 by completing two doses of the vaccine.

Octogenarian Saw Hong Chee is the first winner of the monthly lucky draw organised by Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin to address the dismal number of registrants for vaccination.

Saw, 86, was surprised to learn the news.

“I did not get the jab just to win a reward but I appreciate this lucky draw prize.

“It’s our responsibility to keep others safe and I have family members at home who depend on each other.

“All of them have registered and are waiting to be vaccinated. Health is of utmost importance, ”

he told Sim who visited his house in Bayan Baru, Penang, to present the cheque.

Sim said the monthly draw was open to the people in his constituency who have completed two vaccine doses.

“All they need to do is to register through my service centre or mobile outreach programme.

“To date, we have information on only about 500 people who sought assistance from my service centre or mobile unit to register for the vaccination via the MySejahtera app.”

Sim was speaking after visiting the vaccine dispensing centre at Penang Pesta site in Sungai Nibong with Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan on Friday.

Sim hopes an incentive like the lucky draw will encourage others to register as the registration for vaccination via MySejahtera has plateaued.

“It seems people have lost their zeal to register for the vaccination, with the nation’s registration rate standing at 56%.

“We need the remaining population to be registered and vaccinated as soon as possible in order to be safe.

“I call upon all in the corporate sector and state government to come out in full force and assist in the registration.

“The last option is to make vaccination mandatory for everyone but perhaps, we can motivate them with incentives first, ” he said.

Citing examples, Sim said tycoons in Hong Kong gave out free condominiums while those in the United States offered lottery prizes to encourage people to register.

He said the private sector in Penang should follow suit by providing incentives to their employees who register for the vaccine.

On another matter, Sim urged the Penang government to reconsider its decision not to purchase its own vaccines following an assurance by the Federal Government that adequate supplies would arrive soon.

“We need vaccines to come as fast as possible so people can return to work and drive the economy.

“Penang is a tourism state and only after everyone is vaccinated will tourists have the confidence to visit us, ” he said.

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