KUALA LUMPUR: More efforts should be made to hasten the Covid-19 vaccine rollout nationwide, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Alliance for Safe Community chairman said as of April 18, about 8.9 million Malaysians have registered for the vaccine.
"A total of 443,029 individuals have received two doses of the vaccine while 701,812 individuals have received the first dose.
"The figures are worrying as it can be hard to reach the targeted group immunity of 70%.
"Every party should play their part in ensuring the people register for the vaccine soon," he said in a statement on Tuesday (April 20).
The relevant ministries should be more aggressive in promoting the benefits of taking the vaccine and the consequences of not taking it, Lee said.
"Showing the pros outweigh the cons in taking the vaccine must be explained clearly to the people.
"The ministries should use all resources to ensure information on the benefits of taking the vaccine reach the masses.
"More concerted efforts should also be taken to counter false information spread by anti-vaccine groups," he added.
Elected representatives should also play their part by making the vaccine registration drive a priority in their respective areas, Lee said.
"Increase promotions on vaccine registrations in various constituencies," he said.
Employers as well as members of society could also play their part by spreading the word on vaccine registration, he added.
"It is our patriotic duty to assist in curing the country."
Lee also called on the government to set up mobile stations in rural housing areas such as in the estates or Felda projects in order to register the elderly, who have no access to or skills using the Internet.
Media houses and companies, he added, should also play a role in highligthing the importance of registering and getting the vaccine.
Lee said it is vital for the government to ensure the supply of vaccine is suficient.
"Malaysia must not be left behind by other countries in acquiring the vaccines.
"We must hasten the vaccination rate to gain the confidence and trust of the people towards the immunisation programme," he added.