Help to keep the vaccination rate up


AS Malaysia intensifies its vaccination efforts to flatten the Covid-19 infection curve, companies and private organisations are also playing their part by offering to help the government in this crucial effort.It’s commendable that many have stepped forward to allow their facilities and manpower to be used for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Their contributions in the past weeks seem to be paying off as the country crossed the 200,000-dose mark with 215,876 jabs administered on Tuesday.

To date, more than 1.5 million Malaysians – or 4.7% of the targeted 80% of the population – have completed their vaccination with two doses while another 5.3 million have received first doses.

The interval between the first and second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is between 21 and 42 days, for Sinovac it’s 21 days, and for AstraZeneca it’s 12 weeks.Another one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is scheduled to arrive later this month and in July while 12 million Sinovac doses are on track to be delivered by July – coupled with the accelerating rate of vaccination, Malaysia could actually achieve the 40% immunisation target by August.

This is where help from local companies and organisations is needed to keep accelerating the vaccination rate.

With the government hoping to increase the daily vaccination rate to between 300,000 and 400,000 shots in the next few weeks, more manpower and venues are needed.

It would help immensely if more local companies and Malaysians could rise to the occasion and offer their space and volunteers to keep the programme running smoothly.The faster we all get vaccinated, the quicker the infection curve can be flattened, enabling the country to open up so we can get back on our feet and fix the besieged economy.

Malaysians must do their part and register to get vaccinated.

The Health Ministry has given its assurance that all those who have registered through the MySejahtera app will be given a date to receive their vaccines.

If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?

As millions are jabbed around the world, the evidence just keeps getting stronger: Apart from lessening the chances of catching Covid-19, if you do get it, being vaccinated lessens the risk of getting the severe form of the disease and, most importantly, of dying from it.

While the government is trying hard to make sure Malaysia gets vaccinated quickly, the onus is on all of us to register for our vaccination appointments – and not to miss the date once we get it.

Let’s do this together to get the nation back on track.

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