Allow walk-in vaccinations

Datuk Dr John Lau Pang Heng

KUCHING: The Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) has urged relevant authorities to allow for walk-in vaccinations for everyone who has yet to register for the Covid-19 vaccination due to technological constraints.

In a statement today SPA chairman Datuk Dr Lau Pang Heng said he had received numerous phone calls from both rural and urban residents asking if the same privilege could be accorded to them.

He was alluding to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who noted that rural folk in Sarawak will not be turned away if they show up at Covid-19 vaccination centres without registering beforehand.

“Most of them who called do not have a smartphone and they cannot download the MySejahtera app.

“SPA urges the authority to consider the possibility to enable everyone who has not registered either with MySejehtera or at www.vaksincovid.gov.my to get the vaccination using their identification card,” he said.

Despite that, Dr Lau said SPA welcomed the chief minister’s announcement.

“This is the best news for the rural population,” he said.

“SPA hopes that everyone can join-hands to fight Covid-19. Our body needs to have immunity against the virus and one of the ways is through vaccination and the other way is to recover after being infected by the virus. No one wants the latter. 

“SPA encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that we can get back to our normal lives,” he added.