KUALA LUMPUR: The Crisis Relief Squad of MCA aims to help register 100,000 people for the Covid-19 vaccine in support of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
Through the GoCare#BeMYHero Care Zone campaign, the squad has already reached out and registered 40,000 people since the beginning of March.
Speaking at the Care Zone campaign launch, Deputy National Unity Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said while the pandemic was a global health threat, it also made people realise the importance of working together to fight it.
"If there is a blessing behind this pandemic, it is that people understand the need to unite to overcome this crisis regardless of race, religion or political leanings," he said Wednesday (Apr 7).
Ti said even though infection rates were considered manageable, there was no reason to neglect standard operating procedures (SOPs) as the country had yet to reach herd immunity against the virus.
"Achieving herd immunity is a challenge in itself, and communities must accept this challenge if they want economic and development activities to continue," he said.
Ti said one of the biggest hurdles was convincing certain community groups, especially those who have been swayed by misinformation, that the vaccine is safe.
"The vaccine will strengthen one's protection against the virus and will also protect those around them," he said as he called on Malaysians to remain united in the fight against the pandemic.
Meanwhile, CRSM public relations head Ch'ng Soo Chau said it has included doctors and other medical frontliners to help communities better understand the need for vaccination and dismiss any misinformation.
"We will continue to support communities and build a caring society to protect each other against the disease," she said.