Senior citizens must get priority

Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie

KUCHING: A woman politician has suggested that senior citizens and people with disabilities (PwDs) be prioritised for walk-in vaccinations.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women’s chief Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie said the walk-in vaccination concept and its mechanics should be considered to speed up the vaccination process.

She was responding to former MP Julian Tan’s recent statement that he had received several requests from older citizens and the disabled to be given priority.

“I see what the former MP is trying to say, and I agree with him. In fact, not only senior persons and those with disabilities, but also people who don’t know how to use smartphones or don’t have one.”

“As a result, walk-in vaccination should be considered, but the mechanics of this process must be addressed by the relevant authorities,” she said.

She also urged the government to reassure individuals on the vaccine and encourage those eligible to go for vaccination as soon as possible in order to achieve 80 percent herd immunity.

“In this way, we can be certain that, in addition to hastening herd immunity, all eligible Malaysians are vaccinated and no one feels left out,” she said.