Covid-19: 98 media practitioners receive their jabs on Wednesday (June 9)

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Jun 2021

PUTRAJAYA: The first batch of media practitioners received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine here on Wednesday (June 9) under the National Covid-19 immunisation programme.

The Dewan Seroja vaccination centre here saw 98 reporters, photographers and video cameramen from around the Klang Valley streaming in for their jabs from as early as 9am.

The Star photographer Azhar Mahfof, 43, was relieved to finally get his vaccination appointment this week.

“Going to work every day to cover assignments exposes us to the risk of getting Covid-19.

"As a father of five children, I am worried about getting infected, but our line of work means that we continue to go out in the field even during lockdown periods.

“And I have covered many high-risk areas such as Covid-19 wards at hospitals.

“So I am quite relieved to be vaccinated today. I hope more of my photographer friends will also receive their appointments as soon as possible, ” said Azhar.

Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the ministry has identified more than 4, 000 media practitioners who are eligible for Covid-19 vaccination.

“Today, a total of 98 media personnel have gotten their first dose, and there will be more groups to follow, including in other states.

“We deem journalists as frontliners as they have to go down on the ground for work, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.

"Hopefully, all journalists can be vaccinated as soon as possible... we understand their concerns, ” said Saifuddin, who visited the centre.

Also with him was Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Khairy Jamaluddin, the coordinating minister of the national immunisation programme.

Khairy said more media practitioners will be receiving their vaccination appointments via MySejahtera in the coming week.

“CITF (the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force) is in the midst of getting the list of names from the Information Department.

"We want to ensure that all media practitioners are protected when they do their reporting, ” said Khairy.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Selangor Ruler expresses disappointment over outrageous comments on social media
Hotels not required to put up 'Non-Halal Lift' stickers, says Jakim
Job scams: 15 more victims brought home from Cambodia, Laos, six more arriving later
GE15: All component party machinery to move in Perikatan name, says Muhyiddin
MACC nabs 11, including four cops, over traffic summons discount syndicate
Over 470,000 undergrads applied for second phase of student device programme, says Noraini
Egg shortage to be discussed at Cabinet meeting Friday (Oct 7), says Annuar
Action already taken against suspects linked to abuse of Indonesian domestic worker, say cops
RM41mil allocated to build river wall along Sungai Tebrau to stop flash floods
Employers now have 10 hours to receive foreign workers, says Immigration DG

Others Also Read