Vulnerable elderly people are being overlooked


I CAN empathise with Moo Toong Loy’s frustration over still waiting for his first vaccination (“Allow old folk to walk in for jabs”, The Star, June 10; online at bit.ly/star_oldfolk).

Like most seniors, I registered for Covid-19 vaccination on the MySejahtera app on Feb 24, and after months of waiting, received my first appointment on June 8 – only to realise that the PPV (vaccination centre) is in Kulai in Johor, whereas I live in Selangor! Upon rejecting the appointment, my status on MySejahtera has been stuck at the comment “Anda akan dihubungi bagi diberikan peluang didaftarkan semula kedalam program vaksinasi pada tarikh yang akan datang (You will be contacted to be given a chance to register again for the vaccination programme at a future date)”.

Thereafter, I received another appointment on June 19 – again in Kulai and subject to the same status! Despite correcting my address online and via the app’s hotline, I am still getting an out-of-state PPV.

Something is definitely wrong with the app as I do not seem to have the latest vaccination status with details of address, link for changing location, etc.

Moreover, there seems to be priority given to people living in Kuala Lumpur to get vaccination appointments despite the fact that Selangor is the country’s top hotspot at the moment.

Why can’t the authorities allow for walk-ins at PPVs for seniors who have problems with online registration? At this rate, many vulnerable elderly people will be overlooked in favour of (digital- savvy) youngsters.

SUE CHUAH

Puchong, Selangor

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