MyKad can resolve vaccine rollout woes

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: The shortcomings of the MySejahtera application in the mass vaccine rollout in the state can be solved with the use of MyKad.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Datuk Amar Dr Jemut Masing said individual particulars have already been incorporated in the identification card system.

“In our MyKad the card holders age is already included. If priority for vaccination is based on age, then its already in (there).

“The Health Ministry (MoH) should simply just follow,” he told New Sarawak Tribune on Saturday (July 10).

He was commenting on the use of MyKad to identify vaccine recipients as the emphasis on the current vaccine rollout is to administer the Covid-19 vaccines based on age groups.

Masing said the decision to opt for a separate system to handle the vaccine rollout system might be down to arrogance.

“We have invented ‘the wheel’ that we could have used which is the MyKad, enclosed in the chip are the required information of the holders.

“Malaysia was among the first nations in the world to use this technology. Our forefathers may not be rocket scientists, but they had practical abilities,” he said.

Currently, for Sarawak, aside from vaccinations through MySejahtera appointments in urban areas, it also allowed walk-in vaccinations in its interior areas.

The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government has introduced the ‘jab first, register later method’ for rural dwellers, enabling them easier access to the Covid-19 vaccines.

Besides setting up public and industrial vaccination centres (PPVs), mobile vaccination teams are also being deployed to rural areas to vaccinate longhouse dwellers and villagers.

To date, the state has administered 1,821,598 Covid-19 vaccine doses as of July 9. Of the total, 1,336,185 are first dose recipients while 485,413 are second dose recipients.

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