KUCHING: The action of jumping the queue for the first phase of vaccination is selfish and unethical, said Kho Teck Wan.
The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) women chief pointed out that the first phase of vaccination is prioritised for frontliners and elected representatives who are directly involved in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
“I salute and support of Science, Innovation and Technology (Mosti) Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who had instructed the Covid-19 vaccination programme taskforce to provide the name of frontliners and establish definitive guidelines following reports that some politicians, family members and their aides were attempting to cut the queue to get access to the vaccine.
“We must be good citizens and ensure that all of our frontliners are protected. While waiting for our turn to get vaccinated, we have to continue to stay vigilant and comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” she said.
Although the vaccine has arrived, it does not mean that members of the public can be become complacent, Kho reminded.
She also urged the public to register themselves for the vaccination but expressed concerns for fellow Sarawakians who are currently not eligible for the vaccine.
“Sarawak would need almost everyone above the age of 18 to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity at 70 percent but there are 28.8 percent of our population who are under the age of 18 and not eligible for the vaccine.
“I would like to remind the public to register for the vaccine via the MySejahtera application. The feature to register for elderly dependents and those who do not have the mobile application will be available soon. As for those who do not have a smartphone, they can register at a nearby Resident’s Office,” she added.