Thankful for second chance

Off to get her jab: Sarimah (right) assisting her sister Maimun (in wheelchair) as they leave to get vaccinated.

MARANG: The widespread misinformation on Covid-19 vaccines made Maimun Abu Bakar really afraid of getting vaccinated, leading her to skip her vaccination appointment early last month.

However, the 78-year-old woman’s perception changed after three of her five children who had completed both doses did not experience any severe side effects.

Last Friday, 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 vaccine dispensing centre (PPV).

Not wanting to miss this second chance, she decided to get herself vaccinated and agreed to receive her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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

“However, as I saw more people getting inoculated and they are all doing okay, I decided to ask my sister (Sarimah) to re-register my name (for the vaccination) through the phone (MySejahtera app),” she said when met at the Majlis Daerah Marang PPV.

As promised, the senior citizen was taken to the PPV, located some 3km from her house in Kampung Seberang Marang, by the district office staff at 10am on Sunday.

The wheelchair-bound Maimun, who also has diabetes and had a hearing problem since last year, was thankful that the vaccination process that took less than 30 minutes went smoothly.

“What makes me happy is that Sarimah also received her shot.

“We will never forget this moment,” said Maimun, who has 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Meanwhile, Marang assistant district officer Mohd Kamal Abdul Rahman said they have opened an operations room to ensure the smooth running of the vaccination process and provided free transportation for those who do not have transport to go to the assigned PPV.

“We have also asked the cooperation from the four state assembly community service centres or offices and other government agencies in the district such as the Marang Public Works Department to provide vehicles for senior citizens and residents in areas that are quite far from the PPV,” he added.

Mohd Kamal said so far, two PPV had been opened in Marang, namely at Dewan Utama Majlis Daerah Marang dan Dewan Sivik Bukit Payong. — Bernama

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