PETALING JAYA: As cases of Covid-19 are on the rise, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) says there is an urgent need to vaccinate older people in nursing homes and aged care facilities.
Its president Datuk Dr M Subramaniam said that the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) must ensure this vulnerable group is vaccinated to protect against the coronavirus and to prevent breakouts, or clusters, at these aged care facilities.
“Urgency must be given to this as there is a high likelihood that due to old age and medical condition, older persons in this category will require ICU (intensive care unit) hospitalisation if infected with Covid-19.
“MMA warns that there could be a tsunami of patients from this category at public and even private hospitals if the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme neglects this group, ” he said Thursday (May 13).
He said that the JKJAV should have set aside some of the Astra Zeneca vaccines for this purpose.
He added that it would be unreasonable for senior citizens in this category to go to a vaccination centre to receive the jab and that if there is a shortage of manpower, the Health Ministry should enlist the help of the private GPs to give the vaccinations at the nursing homes and aged care centres.
The country has recorded a total of 453,222 Covid-19 cases with 1,761 deaths since the pandemic broke out last year.