Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Announcing my willingness to be among first in the state to be given the Covid-19 vac­cine jabs

I have expressed my willingness to be first in the state to be given the Covid-19 vac­cine jabs in answering the calls for politi­cians and elected peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives to be vac­ci­nated first to en­sure the vac­cine’s ef­fi­cacy.

I have mentioned this to our local media friends during our engagement in yesterday's function at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYSS) office in Bangunan Baitul Makmur II, Petra Jaya and I have told them it was a good sug­ges­tion since politi­cians were the ones who would al­ways have pub­lic en­gage­ments and meet­ings with the peo­ple.

Apart from the front­lin­ers like health­care work­ers, the po­lice and also teach­ers to be among the first to be vac­ci­nated, I would love to have the vac­cine first as a politi­cian but I also hoped for the op­po­si­tion  not to make an is­sue or “spin the matter” out of the calls for politi­cians to be among the first to be vac­ci­nated.

Re­cently, our Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing, YB Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian had had said the first batch of Covid19 vac­cines from Pfizer will be re­ceived at the end of this month and in March and the vac­cines shots will go to some 90,000 front­lin­ers in the state first. According to him, the whole process of the vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme in the state might take at least six months due to the state’s large land size. Of course the pri­or­ity would also be given to high-risk groups, in­clud­ing the el­derly as well as those suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure and other pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions.

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