PETALING JAYA: With the government ramping up the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, a number of NGOs and volunteers are bending over backwards and coming forward to help ease the vaccination process for the public.
Norfadzlina Ramsah, the founder of NGO Beluran Hope, said her team of three to four people would move from one village to another in Beluran, Sabah, to help villagers register for vaccination.
"As we are currently under the movement control order, we can only move two people in a day due to the vehicle capacity rule. We only also have one vehicle available at this moment.
"So we take turns to go from house to house to collect data and when we finish with one village, we'll move to another," she said.
Norfadzlina said the team has registered more than 100 people since they started the initiative two months ago in the Labuk area.
"Most of them are above 50 years old. Now we are starting to collect those who are a bit younger but senior citizens are still our first priority," she said.
Neighborhood community chairman Har Yin Geong, 62, said he and three other volunteers started on their own to help send senior citizens living in USJ 2, Subang Jaya, to vaccination centres since late May.
"Most of these senior citizens live apart from their children so during the MCO, the children cannot return home to help take them to vaccination centres.
"Although we started off by having only four volunteers, the team has now expanded to about 20 people with the help of Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng and a local media outlet that helped publicise our service," he said.
Har said once more people learnt about their service, they received enquiries from those outside USJ 2 and also from other states.
"We would send about 20 people per day for their vaccinations and now the service has been extended to everyone living in Subang Jaya," he said, adding that they have helped more than 100 elderly and also OKUs.
Har said he felt touched and was glad to be able to help those around him who were always very appreciative for the service they provide.
Assistant director of the Youth and Sports Ministry's Rakan Muda programme Mohammed Shahnaz Mawardi revealed that a total 105,743 non-medical volunteers had registered under the Malaysia Vaccine Support Volunteers (MyVAC) programme to ease the vaccination process at vaccine dispensing centres (PPV).
"We needed a total of 4,617 non-medical volunteers at 352 PPVs daily but now we have more than 5,000 volunteers working.
"Most of the volunteers live in the same state or district as the PPV where they volunteer as we don't want them to cross state borders during the MCO," he said.
Shahnaz, who is the desk officer for the MyVac initiative, noted that the volunteers' tasks include performing body temperature and Covid-19 screening checks, handling registration and health declaration forms, as well as ensuring the smooth handling of the vaccination process and other preparations at the venue.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had recently called on government-linked companies (GLCs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help support the government’s efforts to make the immunisation programme a success.
"The government's efforts with the involvement of NGOs and the private sector are very much needed in ensuring all citizens regardless of background receive their Covid-19 vaccine shots," he said in a post on his Facebook account on Thursday (June 24).