ALOR SETAR: Kedahans have been urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to strictly comply with the standard operating procedures, following the deaths of 15 mosque congregants in Jitra recently.
State health committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Hayati Othman urged those who have received their vaccination appointments to honour the date and get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
“It is important for us to get vaccinated. This is not only for our own protection but to protect others as well,” he said.
Dr Mohd Hayati said 15 mosque congregants, mostly senior citizens from Taman Mahsuri, Jitra, died within the span of two weeks due to Covid-19.
He said the matter was confirmed by the state Health Department, and that the deaths were caused by infections among the congregation at the mosque during Ramadan.
He added that all the victims contracted the virus that emerged from the cluster in Taman Mahsuri when the area was placed under the enhanced movement control order from May 18-31.
“This is why honouring the vaccination appointment date is vital to ensure such cases and incidents are not repeated in the future,” he said.
New dates would be provided for those who did not go for their appointments, Dr Mohd Hayati said in response to reports that more than 10,000 people who registered for the Covid-19 vaccine did not turn up for their jabs.
“In fact, some of those who got their appointment, especially the senior citizens, received their jabs on Friday when certain centres in the state were opened to administer the vaccines.
“Awareness about the importance of getting the vaccine has now increased after many deaths were reported in the past few weeks.
“The state government has doubled its efforts to campaign about the vaccines, especially in the rural areas, with help from the state Health Department and Information Department. The sooner Kedahans get vaccinated, the quicker infections can be reduced,” he added.
Kedah was not the only state to have such a problem, with Kelantan and Terengganu recording more than 10,000 individuals in each state who did not turn up for their vaccination appointments.