Many Orang Asli decline vaccination


KUALA BERANG: A total of 63,734 Orang Asli did not agree to be vaccinated based on feedback gathered from the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Deputy Rural Development Minister I Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad said out of the 79,041 registration forms they received so far, only 15,307 Orang Asli agreed to be vaccinated.

“The number of people who agreed to be vaccinated is low. Most rejected the vaccines for fear of dying within two or three years after vaccination.

“We have distributed the forms to about 120,000 eligible recipients but only 79,041 replied.

“So, I agree that awareness among the Orang Asli community is still low,” he told reporters after visiting the Sungai Berua Orang Asli village settlement here yesterday.

He said that so far, a total of 3,018 Orang Asli had been vaccinated.

Abdul Rahman said the ministry together with the Department of Orang Asli Development and relevant authorities would continue to carry out engagement sessions with the Orang Asli to explain the importance of vaccination.

“Maybe they did not get a clear explanation,” he said. — Bernama

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