Don’t leave out dental students


I REFER to the letter “Medical students in clinical training need vaccination” (The Star, April 27).

I fully agree with the writer that medical students who need to do ward visits for their clinical studies, placing them in direct contact with patients, need to be vaccinated. They should have been included under phase one of the National Immunisation Programme together with the Covid-19 frontliners for vaccination.

Even though they are not full-fledged doctors yet, the fact that they visit the wards daily and come into contact with patients warrants them to be vaccinated as soon as possible. May I add that dental students are in the same boat due to the nature of their training. Hence, medical and dental students undergoing clinical training need to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

DR JAMES LIM

Johor Baru

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