CREDIT should be given to the government for responding positively to public demand for expanding the vaccination process to some private hospitals with a view to accelerating the vaccination programme. We are glad to learn that drive-ins are being considered and sessions are being organised for people with disability.
However, there is a nagging problem pertaining to people above the age of 60 – some even in their 80s – who, having registered as far back as February, are still waiting for a vaccination appointment. Meanwhile, vaccination has already commenced for younger people. This clearly implies that the elderly folks who are patiently looking forward to their appointments are in fact inadvertently being sidelined.
Being above the age of 70, I feel neglected and frustrated when I see my juniors being called up one by one for vaccination. Every day and several times a day, I stare disappointingly and angrily at my MySejahtera registration page, which shows absolutely no progress at all.
This is a problem that must be dealt with without further delay by the relevant authority/ministry as it has a contractual obligation to fulfil the vaccination target as scheduled. May I suggest that a lane at every vaccination centre nationwide be dedicated for walk-in vaccinations exclusively for those above 60 who registered much earlier but haven’t received any appointments? All they need to do to explain their predicament is to show the registration and status page on their MySejahtera app.
I reckon this would be the fastest and most equitable way to clear the congestion if there is any.
MOO TOONG LOY