SERDANG: As the race to inoculate Malaysians against Covid-19 continues, Puchong MCA has helped more than 2, 400 people in the Klang Valley over the previous week to register for vaccinations to ensure that no one is left behind.
Puchong MCA public affairs bureau chief Wong Jung Lik and his team of volunteers had earlier posted an offer to help via social media, inviting those who needed assistance in registrations to call them on a WhatsApp number.
“Since Tuesday last week until yesterday, we received more than 2, 400 calls from people of all races in Selangor and KL, where we helped them register for the vaccination.
“This service is free, ” he said at MD Family Clinic yesterday.
The clinic is the designated Sri Serdang vaccination centre.
Also present was Puchong MCA new media bureau chief Soon Mon Huay who helped many senior citizens to be vaccinated at the clinic.
Yip Mui, 81, who was at the clinic, was thankful to Wong and Soon as it only took her two days to be given a slot at the Sri Serdang vaccination centre.
“Now I feel much safer, ” she said.
Soon said the assistance was offered for free to the public, adding that many of them were unable to sign up for vaccination because their personal data was not updated in the programme database.
At the same time, Soon said they were also helping villagers to get appointments at vaccination centres closer to them.
He said some villagers living inside Seri Kembangan were allocated vaccination slots at the Ideal Convention Centre in Shah Alam, which many found too far away.
“It would take about 45 minutes to get there and many of the villagers have difficulty getting transportation, ” he said.
Soon said Puchong MCA chairman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong had written to the Science, Innovation and Technology Ministry to request that the villagers get their jabs at a vaccination centre located nearer to them, namely the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Meanwhile, Wong said he was more than happy to lend a helping hand to the government in its vaccination efforts.
“We want the pandemic to be under control in the village areas so that everyone there can return to their normal lives, too, ” he said.
Wong said some villagers were initially hesitant to be immunised as they felt that the vaccination centres were too far away.
But after encouraging them they agreed to go, he said.
He said the government should focus on vaccinating those aged between 30 and 40 years old, as well as those with children below 10 as it was a form of risk management for families from contracting Covid-19.
“Give at least one of the parents a jab first to better protect the family, ” he added.
Those who need help to register for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme can contact Wong via WhatsApp at 019-393 1872 and Soon at 012-232 5048.