Senior citizen grateful for 'second chance' at Covid-19 vaccine


MARANG (Bernama): Widespread misinformation on Covid-19 vaccines caused Maimun Abu Bakar to be so scared of getting vaccinated that she skipped her appointment early last month.

However, the 78-year-old's perception changed after she saw for herself that three of her five children who completed both doses of the vaccine did not experience any severe side effects.

Last Friday (June 18), Maimun received a phone call from a Marang District Office representative who not only persuaded her to take the vaccine, but also offered her free transportation to the designated vaccination centre (PPV).

Not wanting to miss the second chance given to her, she agreed to be vaccinated and received her first dose of vaccine on Sunday (June 20).

“Actually, my appointment was on May 4, but I asked for a postponement as I was not confident of the vaccines’ safety after hearing negative stories about side effects.

“However, as I saw more people getting inoculated and they have all been doing okay, I asked my sister Sarimah (Abu Bakar, 55) to register my name for vaccination again through MySejahtera,” she said at the PPV at Dewan Utama Majlis Daerah Marang here.

As promised, the senior citizen was taken to the PPV, located about 3km from her house in Kampung Seberang Marang, by District Office staff in a multi-purpose vehicle at 10am on Sunday.

The wheelchair-bound Maimun, who also has diabetes and had a hearing problem, was thankful that the vaccination process went smoothly and took less than half an hour.

“What makes me happy is that Sarimah also received her vaccine shot today (Sunday). We will never forget this moment,” said Maimun, who has 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Marang assistant district officer Mohd Kamal Abdul Rahman said an operations room has been opened to ensure smooth running of the vaccination process.

The District Office also provides free transportation for vaccine recipients who do not have vehicles to go to their assigned PPVs.

Mohd Kamal said two PPVs are operating in Marang at the moment, at Dewan Utama Majlis Daerah Marang dan Dewan Sivik Bukit Payong. – Bernama

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