MCMC: Beware of fake Covid-19 vaccine registration forms on social media

Members of the public can register for Covid-19 vaccination through official channels such as MySejahtera and the JKJAV website. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has urged members of the public to beware of fake information related to vaccination that are being circulated on messaging platforms.

MCMC released the statement on July 9 to highlight a false allegation involving the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre PPV (Covid-19 Vaccination Centre) in Selangor that has gone viral on WhatsApp.

According to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) on Twitter, a series of WhatsApp messages with a Google Form has been circulated urging those who have yet to receive their vaccination appointment to register through the form. It claimed that those who have registered will be able to get vaccinated at the PPV in Bangi.

The message asked those who are interested to provide details such as their name, IC number and phone number.

MCMC said giving away personal details to unknown parties may result in a breach of privacy and the data being exploited for unknown purposes.

It added that anyone seeking information related to the National Covid-19 Vaccination programme should refer to JKJAV, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and district health centre (PKD) in their area.

There have been other reports of fake messages related to the national vaccination programme that have been shared on social media.

On July 6, the Seberang Perai City Council issued a statement urging members of the public not to fall for a fake Covid-19 registration message that was circulating on WhatsApp. The message claimed that users can get vaccinated at a mall and were asked to provide details such as IC and phone number.

Last month, the Hulu Langat District Health Office said that a message circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms about a vaccination programme at a clinic in Bandar Seri Putra is fake news, and urged the public to stop sharing the message.

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