CONGRATULATIONS to those who have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as well as those who have been fully vaccinated.
To some, getting the vaccination is like winning a lottery considering there is a long waiting list.
To those who are still waiting for their turn, we will just have to be patient.
If you are lucky, you will receive your appointment date, time and venue via the MySejahtera app soon.
If not, you will have to continue checking your smartphone to see whether you are among the lucky ones to be called up for the jab.
Many of us are still eagerly waiting our turn.
Those who already got their appointments set, consider yourselves lucky.
Like many others, I have been checking the MySejahtera app daily to see if I have received a date for my first appointment.
Alas, no date has been given until now even though I am in the senior citizen category.
Those who have received your appointment, please turn up on time to get your shot.
I am at a loss for words when reading news of the thousands who fail to turn up for their vaccination for whatever reason.
The reasons given range from the flimsy excuse of forgetting their appointment date, to the more understandable of having no transport to get to the vaccination centre.
People need to put in some effort to ensure we achieve herd immunity as soon as possible so that we can get back to a normal life.
Those who fail to show up for their vaccination appointment must realise that they have denied a spot for individuals who want and need to get vaccinated.
For those who are still sceptical or have doubts, my advice is to read up on all the materials you can find from verified and well-recognised sources about Covid-19 vaccines.
Personally, I envy my friends who are much younger than me who have either received their first vaccination dose or already completed their second dose.
I have received calls and messages from friends asking me whether the Johor media fraternity have been vaccinated.
To answer your queries, some journalists have received their first dose but most of us are still waiting.
Some journalists from other states such as Sabah, Perak, Selangor and Sarawak have already received at least one shot.
With Johor being one of the states with very high number of Covid-19 cases daily, priority should be given to vaccinating media personnel who are also frontliners.
Sadly, several Johor journalists or their family members had been infected with Covid-19, including two who required hospitalisation.
Luckily, all recovered without serious complications.
Hopefully, the Johor government will see the urgent need to liaise with the relevant authorities to speed up the vaccination programme for members of the media here.
I don’t think it will be much of a problem as there are only about 200 media personnel in all 10 districts in the state.
Instead of getting everyone vaccinated at the same time, it can be done in batches.
We are not demanding special treatment but our job requires us to cover assignments and be out in the field therefore risking exposure to the virus.
Yes, we can attend some press conferences via online platforms but there are certain situations that require us to be physically present on-site.
In the meantime, I will continue checking MySejahtera daily for my vaccination date.
Who knows, maybe I will be among the fortunate ones soon.