Rina Harun: Fewer than half of eligible OKU have registered for Covid-19 vaccination

KUALA LUMPUR: Fewer than half the total number of people with disabilities (OKU) eligible for Covid-19 vaccination have registered to be inoculated via the MySejahtera application, says Datuk Seri Rina Harun (pic).

The Women, Family and Community Development Minister said that as of May 31, a total of 195,395 OKU had registered via the application.

She added that approximately 577,000 OKU are registered with the Social Welfare Department, with 446,000 above the age of 18 and therefore eligible to be vaccinated.

Rina said the department had submitted 446,000 names to the Health Ministry for the vaccinations.

"We don't want anyone to be left behind," she told reporters on Friday (June 4) after visiting the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB), where a vaccination centre (PPV) has been set up.

The centre is the first dedicated one for OKUs and can handle up to 200 vaccinations a day for the blind and their caregivers.

MAB chief executive officer George Thomas said it has received 1,800 requests for vaccinations so far – 1,100 for the blind and 700 for caregivers.

Only one caregiver can be vaccinated for each blind person.

Rina also said her ministry has requested mobile vaccination units to target at least 500 old folks homes registered with the Social Welfare Dept.

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said that the disabled who are not registered with the department would also be eligible to receive the vaccine.

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