Injecting vaccine confidence in Orang Asli communities

GOMBAK: Seeing their tok batin being vaccinated is one strategy to spur vaccine confidence among the Orang Asli communities, says Deputy Rural Development Minister I Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad.

He said 26,469 Orang Asli in the country had agreed to be vaccinated so far, which is an increase of 11,000 compared to 10 days ago when an initiative targeting village chiefs for vaccination was started.

“Tok batin, who are icons in Orang Asli communities, can be considered as frontliners to their people,” said Abdul Rahman who was at Hospital Orang Asli Gombak to oversee the vaccination of 60 Orang Asli, 27 of whom are village chiefs.

“When we have their icons receiving the vaccine, we believe the villagers will be more open to getting the shots as well,” he said.

“Our agencies have gone on the ground to provide explanations to the community, and there is a very noticeable increase in the number of those who have agreed to take the vaccine,” he said at a press conference.

To date, 82 Orang Asli have tested positive for Covid-19, and three have died of it.

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