Step up efforts to reduce vaccine hesitancy, says MP


KUCHING: The federal government has been told to step up efforts to convince the public on the benefits of vaccination.

“While I understand some concerns that have been expressed by citizens, I strongly encourage people to consider the benefits. If there are doubts, you can always double-check with your local doctor.

“The government should also increase materials to educate and share the benefits of vaccination to the public to remove the high level of hesitancy, especially when it comes to heterologous vaccination,” Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Nov 3).

Earlier, he revealed that he had received his third dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Parliament building on Tuesday. He said the only side effect he experienced was soreness.

He said the concerns of the public should not be taken lightly, adding that the correct materials to reduce vaccine hesitancy were needed.

“If the government does not provide adequate resources for people to check, they will end up reading unverified news which may spread half-truths and even lies when it comes to vaccination.

“That is why efforts to educate and encourage people to come out to be vaccinated again must be doubled to make sure no one gets left behind in order to get optimum protection from the virus.

“I really encourage those that are eligible and need to take the third dose or booster shot to take it to give more protection in view of the vaccine’s waning efficacy over time. This is especially important for those in the high risk groups.”

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