RECENTLY, I was scolded by my lecturer for not getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Besides hurling harsh words at me, he also sarcastically wished me all the best for being the only unvaccinated person in my class.
This happened when students were asked to show proof that they were fully vaccinated before their return to campus for face-to-face classes. The Higher Education Ministry recently announced that colleges and universities could resume classes from Oct 15 but only for students and staff who are fully vaccinated.
I understand the benefits of vaccination but decided not to get the jab because I suffer from trypanophobia, a condition marked by irrational and extreme fear of blood or needles.
I was told by my cousin who is a doctor to get vaccinated at my own convenience. I am now waiting for the nasal spray vaccine, which is expected to be delivered worldwide next year.
While I understand that restrictions placed on unvaccinated individuals are meant to prevent the spread of Covid-19, I was crushed at being treated in such an aggressive manner by the lecturer.
I know there are individuals who are totally against getting vaccinated, but there are also others who have phobias about the immunisation process. For me, it is the fear of needles, which I developed after a horrible experience when I was a child.
Hence, I would like to ask the government to show understanding towards those who remain unvaccinated not because they are against it but due to other reasons.
Please take action to prevent hate speech from being directed at people like me as Malaysia steers on the road towards recovery from Covid-19.
LAU WEI YIANG