Why reward unregistered walk-ins for vaccinations?

FIRST and foremost, kudos to the Health Ministry for the efficient vaccination process at various centres.

However, with regard to the AstraZeneca (AZ) opt-in rollout, I understand that many of those who registered failed to show up. This resulted in people crowding AZ vaccination centres with the hope that walk-ins will have a chance to get their dose. And many did indeed succeed.

I strongly feel that this is unfair. This rewards those who obviously flout the law by crowding public places and defeats the rationale behind the movement control order SOP to avoid crowds. Walk-ins should strictly be told to disperse and no vaccine should be administered to them. Doses should be given to those on the waiting list and not to those who jump the queue.

As word goes around and more people share their stories of how they succeeded in getting their vaccination by simply walking in without registering, the crowd will grow larger by the day and will be almost impossible to handle.

Instead, those who are on the waiting list should be notified and asked to be on standby one day prior to vaccination dates instead of giving their slots to people who walk in, crowd the place and jump queue.

The last thing we need is to create another cluster of Covid-19 cases.


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