AS of Friday, one million Malaysians had registered for the Covid-19 vaccine via the MySejahtera app. This was achieved within three days after the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme was rolled out.
It is an encouraging number. But it is still far below our target of vaccinating 80% of the population – or close to 27 million people – to achieve herd immunity to curb the pandemic.
We need more Malaysians to register to receive their jab. To end this pandemic, we need to take the vaccine. When we protect ourselves, we protect others, as the hashtag #LindungDiriLindungSemua says.
We cannot afford vaccine hesitancy.
If you are unsure about the vaccine, then find out about it, equip yourself with the right information from official sources like the World Health Organisation or our Health Ministry – not what your family or friends forward to you on WhatsApp.
As Coordinating Minister for the immunisation programme, Khairy Jamaluddin assured: “This vaccine does not contain any microchips to take over our minds. This vaccine is not the agenda of the Illuminati who want to establish a New World Order. This vaccine is produced by science.”
However, the vaccine is not a silver bullet. While it will help protect you from the virus, studies on whether it will stop you from transmitting the virus are still ongoing.
So you might be safe but you could still pose a danger to those who are unvaccinated.
Besides, it is going to take time to vaccinate almost 30 million people. These reasons are why it is vital that we continue to abide by the SOP even after we are vaccinated.
It’s hard to believe that even before the vaccination programme began there were still people who did not follow the SOP. Now, the government has enacted harsher penalties for such violators.
From March 11, individuals who violate the SOP stipulated to prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic can be fined up to RM10,000. It is a tenfold increase of the current fine.
Businesses, companies and corporations that violate the SOP can be fined up to RM50,000.
The fine for individuals might seem extreme but with people continuing to ignore the SOP, it is a necessary measure to contain this pandemic in Malaysia.
However, it is crucial that the fine is enforced fairly and applied to anyone who breaks the rules, regardless of position or status.