KUALA LUMPUR: Not owning a smartphone or a phone number is one of the issues hampering efforts to vaccinate the homeless community living in the city, says MCA Youth chief Datuk Nicole Wong.
Wong, who was on Jalan Hang Lekiu in a joint effort with the KL Pantai Hill Lions Club to register the homeless for the Covid-19 immunisation programme on Friday (March 19), said she found many vagrants did not own a smartphone or a phone number where they could be contacted.
"Some of them with mobile numbers can register themselves eventually. If they don't have one, they will just key in a friend's number.
"Another group has no phone numbers at all. I worry that this group may be left out in the Covid-19 vaccination programme," she said.
To address this issue, Wong proposed the government to manually register this group for the vaccination programme.
"It can be done offline. I urge the government to do this to ensure that every segment of society is not left out under the national immunisation programme," she added.
"This group of people might be overlooked and, the government, NGOs and everyone of us has to work hand in hand to hopefully solve this problem as soon as possible," she added.
The Star reported on Friday (March 19) that the homeless community in Kuala Lumpur were concerned about being left out in the vaccination programme as most of them did not have smartphones, phone numbers or permanent addresses.
NGOs working with homeless and migrant communities have said they are prepared to help the government to reach out to vagrants and encourage them to get vaccinated.