PETALING JAYA: Veteran Hong Kong singers Frances Yip and Maria Cordero have urged their many fans in Malaysia to get the Covid-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their families against the disease which has so far claimed 3.3 million lives worldwide.
They said there was nothing to fear about the vaccine and people should not be swayed by scary but unfounded theories about the vaccine.
Yip, known for her powerful voice on the evergreen ballad Shanghai Beach, which is the theme song to the iconic TVB series The Bund, Yip rubbished vaccine scaremongers and called on everyone to have faith in it as scientists have worked tirelessly to produce effective ones.
“Experts have been working on it 24 hours a day for a year so we need to have a little faith, ” she said in a recent webchat with prominent journalist Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.
Yip spent quarantine with her family in Sydney, Australia. She received her AstraZeneca shot on May 10.
For someone who is always on the move, Yip said the pandemic forced her to slow down but this also allowed her to spend more time with her family, especially her eldest granddaughter who is 13.
“I taught her how to sew and we made a dress together so she would learn what it takes to produce one.
“She has also become very good at cooking curries. We even baked Anzac biscuits together on Anzac Day, ” she said.
Yip, 73, said her strong faith also helped her pull through during the more trying times of the pandemic as she often turned to God whenever she felt low or had a problem.
Yip commended the Australian government for imposing effective measures to curb infections in the country, saying authorities were very quick to trace close contacts of an infected patient whenever a case was reported.
As for Cordero, whose voice breathed life to the hit song, Mama I Love You, she was also quick to wave away fears about the vaccine, saying there was nothing to be afraid of.
Cordero, 67, told Wong that there were people in Hong Kong who were worried they might suffer side effects from the vaccine but she said they had more to worry about if they didn’t get inoculated.
“Every vaccine may be less than 100% effective but they help protect you. If you don’t take it, how will you go out?” she asked.
Cordero, who received both doses of her Sinovac vaccine, said opted to be vaccinated because she is part of a large family.
Furthermore, her job requires her to meet people and she did not want to risk endangering her family by bringing the virus home, she said.
“I believe that taking the vaccine means you care about your family because you are first protecting yourself from the virus that could potentially be spread to your loved ones, ” she said.
She said also said she felt fine after receiving the shot. Her daughter-in-law, who received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, experienced some minor side effects including swelling around the spot and fever.
“They told me to rest and not be too active. I had to listen to them but I didn’t feel any side effects, ” said Cordero, who enjoys dancing and hiking.