More efforts needed to ensure quicker Covid-19 vaccine rollout, says NGO

PETALING JAYA: There needs to be a quicker rollout of and an assurance that there will be adequate supply of the Covid-19 vaccine, says the Alliance For Safe Community.

Its chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye this includes taking more efforts to build trust and confidence in the use of the vaccine.

He also said more effective communication is needed to get people to register for it.

"There should be a clearer communication strategy and implementation from the government –instead of just leaving it to the respective departments and agencies.

"We cannot over-emphasise the fact that no one is safe until everyone is safe," he said in a statement on Sunday (April 18).

He said while those who have been fully vaccinated can still be infected with the virus, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah's statement that the severity of the virus is considerably reduced among those who have already received their doses should convince everybody that vaccinations are the way to go to save lives.

He added that compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) is an external protection while vaccination is an internal protection.

Dr Noor Hisham on Saturday (April 17) said that 40 healthcare workers who were infected with Covid-19 after being vaccinated reported less severe symptoms.

He said nine were infected more than two weeks after their second dose, while the other 31 cases were infected less than two weeks after receiving the second dose.

Phase one of the vaccine rollout programme was from February to April and involves frontliners.

The second phase of the vaccine rollout, which starts on Monday (April 19), will prioritise the elderly, those with comorbidities and people with disabilities.

The third phase of the national immunisation programme is slated to begin in May for low-risk individuals above 18 years old.

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