Use all methods to boost vaccine registration, say experts

PETALING JAYA: All methods to boost vaccine registration rates must be considered, says health experts.

Asked about a WhatsApp group being set up by the Kota Belud people’s service centre to help facilitate vaccine registration of residents there, Dr Mohammad Farhan Rusli said all methods must be used to get people signed up for their Covid-19 jabs.

“We have spent so much on registration systems that have been said to be high tech, but in the end, people still go back to basics. Text messages, WhatsApp can be used to get people registered and vaccinated, ” said the International Islamic University of Malaysia public health specialist.

“The end game is to achieve herd immunity, so whatever method or way we can do to achieve that should be welcomed, ” he added.

Dr Mohammad Farhan added that it is the people on the ground - such as local state officers - who are the ones who are able to reach people living in the remote areas of the country.

“Whatever method that works, that is the best method and should be replicated, ” he said.

Similarly, Medical Practitioners Coalition Association of Malaysia president Dr Raj Kumar Maharajah said any suggestions to ease the vaccination process should be considered.

“It is a practical suggestion, ” he said of the idea to set up a WhatsApp group to register those who are to receive their jabs, like in Kota Belud.

He added that other ideas such as walk-ins should also be considered to facilitate the process for Malaysians who are eager to get their Covid-19 jabs.

“It is more practical to allow walk-ins and then for vaccine recipients to receive some form of confirmation that they have been vaccinated.

“I have received a lot of complaints from people that they have registered on MySejahtera two to three months ago but there is still no update, ” he said.

“We should make it easy. If there is a clinic nearby, we should allow people to just visit the clinic and get vaccinated, and get issued a vaccination card. We should make things easy for people, not frustrate them, ” said Dr Raj Kumar.

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