Politicians counter dubious claims about vaccines

JOHOR BARU: The public should trust the science on vaccination rather than unsubstantiated claims, says Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng.

He also noted Malaysia was not the first country to implement the Covid-19 vaccination as many developed countries, including the United States and neighbouring Singapore, had their own programmes.

“The people should believe in science rather than put their trust in unsupported claims on social media, probably posted by people who want to stir the pot and create issues.

“Each of us need to play our part by getting on the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme to break the chain of infections, ” he said.

Wee’s service centre has been helping the public, especially senior citizens, with the vaccine registration process through the MySejahtera app.

“Hopefully, soon we can get the nation’s economy back on track and the people can enjoy life like the pre-pandemic days, ” he said.

His turn for the vaccination jab is on Friday.

Tenggaroh assemblyman K. Raven Kumar, who received his vaccination on Monday, said public confidence in the vaccination would grow in time after seeing frontliners and leaders receiving their injections.

His constituency team in Mersing together with village heads have gone to the ground since last month to get a feel of the situation.

“We found that about 30% of my constituents were still hesitant.

“My area has many Felda settlements so we aim to go to the ground and provide accurate information to boost people’s confidence, ” he said.

Raven rubbished claims circulating online about horrible side effects and pain right after getting the vaccine injection.

“I feel normal right after receiving my injection. It has been more than 24 hours and I still feel fine.

“It is all a state of mind. I hope when I meet people after this, they are able to see that I am doing well and will feel confident about getting the vaccine.

“Malaysians should also trust our Health Ministry personnel who are highly qualified to administer the vaccinations, ” he said.

Johor rolled out its vaccination programme on March 1 with Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad being the first in the state to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Johor Jaya assemblywoman Liow Cai Tung, who also received her injection on March 1, urged the Johor government to resume the state assembly to address issues such as “anti-vaxxers” – people who are sceptical about vaccination.

“Now that all the state assemblymen and department heads

have gotten their Covid-19 vaccination, there is no more excuse not to hold the state assembly to discuss the matters at hand, including ways to help the tourism industry which was badly hit by the pandemic, ” she said.

Liow added there were still those against the vaccination programme.

“As an elected representative, we have the responsibility to educate and disseminate accurate information to boost the people’s confidence about receiving the vaccine.

“Through my social media channels and service centre, I am also sharing information and encouraging the public to register, ” she said.

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