KUCHING: Recipients for the Covid-19 vaccine were told to stick to their appointment schedules and to only be present at the vaccination 15 minutes prior.
“Yesterday, I received many complaints from members the public on the situation at the vaccination centre at Sibu Indoor Stadium where it was filled with people not observing social distancing.
“Only 150 people are allowed to be present at the centre in the span of an hour, but on that day (last Friday), there were more than that.
“Some were supposed to have their appointments in the evening but showed up in the morning instead,” Education, Science and Technological Research assistant minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said in a livestream on Saturday (May 8).
Dr Annuar said the vaccine appointment schedules have been set by a central body under the Health Ministry and could not be changed.
“Show up on time, as scheduled, and not two or three hours before that. There is no such thing as running out of vaccines or changes in appointment time.
“We don’t want an indoor stadium cluster because of the current vaccination programme,” he said.
The Nangka assemblyman said appointments will only be cancelled if the recipients choose not to show up.
“If this happens, we will give the vaccine dose to others, especially the frontliners who have yet to be vaccinated,” he said.