KUCHING: The proactive move made by the Health Ministry to track down the unvaccinated individuals reflects its seriousness in containing the Covid-19 virus in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie.
“In actuality, I am not surprised that there are probably some who are unaware of the importance of getting the Covid-19 vaccines.
“Nonetheless, those who are too stubborn in getting themselves inoculated probably need to be advised and persuaded accordingly,” said the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women Chief
She pointed out that the Covid-19 vaccines would offer the vaccinated the protection they needed and were effective at preventing people from contracting the virus.
“Some may still get infected despite being fully vaccinated but their cases are mild and asymptomatic due to the vaccines,” she said.
Recently, the Health Ministry decided to track down people who refused to get themselves vaccinated against Covid-19 instead of waiting for them to turn up at the vaccination centres (PPVs).
Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the country had reached a point where the supply of Covid-19 vaccines exceeded the number of recipients waiting to be vaccinated.
Commenting on the challenges of tracking down the unvaccinated individuals, Doris said there were undeniably many reasons why these people did not go for the vaccination. Putting the logistics issue aside, some might be without legal identification, she said.
“When dealing with those without identification as well as the illegal immigrants, it must be made known to them that the exercise is purely for health reasons. The ministry must persevere and be persistent in its course.
“We also need the cooperation of all parties, namely, employers, industries, plantations, etc to ensure that these people are vaccinated,” she stressed.
Doris urged those who had not been vaccinated to come forward for their jabs.
“This is for your own good and others around you. We need to go back to normalcy soonest and this can only be achieved if we have a healthy populace.
“To the family members, kins, acquaintances and employers of the unvaccinated, please coax and persuade them in getting themselves inoculated or at the least inform the relevant authorities of the person(s) so that they can address the matter and get them vaccinated,” she advised.