KUALA BERANG: Consumers have a choice not to deal with traders who are identified as being Covid-19 anti-vaxxers, according to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid.
He noted that this is because vaccination is a crucial step towards flattening the curve of Covid-19 infections in the country, especially since traders are often required to interact with members of the public in the course of their work.
“If there are any anti-vaxxers among traders, we as consumers can make the decision not to deal with them.
“For example, if a chef is required to be vaccinated but refuses to do so or is an anti-vaxxer... we can refuse to deal with such people, ” Rosol told reporters after receiving his dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Kuala Berang Health Clinic here yesterday.
Rosol said the ministry had also urged all 2,300 of its enforcement personnel and traders nationwide to immediately register for the vaccination programme since they frequently interacted with the public.
Asked about registrations for Covid-19 vaccination via the MySejahtera app, which has been described as still being low, Rosol said talks on its importance should be held more comprehensively, including to senior citizens and rural folks.
“However, I see that this is not a problem in Hulu Terengganu. In fact, all the residents I met have said they intend to get vaccinated quickly.
“This includes the senior citizens – they say they want to be vaccinated as soon as possible, ” said Rosol, who is also the Hulu Terengganu MP.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is coordinating the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, had said that as at 11am on Monday, only 6.1% of Malaysians or 1,468,137 people had registered for the Covid-19 vaccination jabs via the MySejahtera app. — Bernama