COMMUNITY pharmacists are frontliners in the battle against Covid-19 because they serve the people in communities – urban and rural – all over Malaysia. We have been fighting the virus alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals all this while, from the first movement control order in March 2020 to MCO 2.0 now.
Community pharmacists are part of the private healthcare system that has been getting much-needed medications to the people during this pandemic. We deal with members of the public, both healthy and ill, every day and are at high risk of contracting the virus and thus spreading it to other people. If community pharmacists are vaccinated, the public will be able to seek our services with a degree of confidence.
I hope coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immuni-sation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba will consider confirming the status of community pharmacists as frontliners who will be part of Phase One of the vaccination plan.
ANDREW TAN ENG JOO
Malaysian Pharmacists Society