Covid-19: Malaysians keen on mass vaccination to stem pandemic spread


IPOH: Malaysians are supportive of mass vaccination as a way to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ipoh City Watch (ICW) President Prof Dr Richard Ng said all vaccines have been tested and applied worldwide.

He said although there are some cases reported to have caused allergy and fatalities, these are considered unfortunate and isolated incidents and added that the most important thing is for all who can to be vaccinated.

“For me, we must not be choosy on which type of vaccine we should get, as we are rushing to stop the spread Covid-19. These vaccines have at least 65% efficacy rate.If we are given a choice to choose the type of vaccine to administer, it will jam the whole immunisation process, ” said Dr Ng.

“I am very sure everyone wants to see the MCO lifted as soon as possible and life return to normalcy, ” he added.

On the vaccine, 50-year-old housewife Grace Yim said she had already registered to be part of the vaccination programme via the MySejahtera application.

“Not being ‘kiasu', but I registered on the first day itself, because I believe this is the only way we can get ourselves protected, ” she said.

Yim added that she believes that most of the vaccines have gone through a lot of clinical trials and experiments.

“Any brand of vaccine will do for me and my family.I am looking forward for the day I get my vaccination, ” she added.

Sales manager Inderjit Singh Sandhu, 47, said he was ready to receive the vaccination but preferred the Pfizer vaccine because it has proven 85% effective against the virus.

Similarly, 25-year-old digital analyst R. Charroogesinee said it is comforting to know that the vaccination programme is well underway.

“Personally, I am ready to be vaccinated provided that the vaccine received is safe, ” she added.

However, 45-year-old Rita Nambiar said she has yet to register to participate in the vaccination programme, even though she is not an anti-vaxxer.

She said that she is concerned over the contradicting information about the vaccine

“I have yet to register for the vaccination programme, and I am not sure if Pfizer is still the best one.

People overseas have reported side effects after taking the vaccine, while many people are saying it is okay to take it, ”

She said that there are so many contradictions with no concrete reports.

“Such speculation is causing confusion, ” she added.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said that he would be the first to receive the jab for the next Covid-19 vaccine that will be approved by the country in a bid to combat “selective vaccine hesitancy”.

He said he had come to the decision to encourage people to receive whichever Covid-19 vaccine that is offered to them and to combat the mindset of individuals who are hesitant towards certain vaccines.

“If it’s Sinovac, it will be Sinovac. If it’s the Russian vaccine, it will be the Russian vaccine. If it’s the AstraZeneca one, it will be that, ” he had said.

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