DAP urges government to allow walk-in vaccinations for the elderly

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By John Isaac

DAP has urged the government to allow walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens using only their MyKads.

Julian Tan, the special assistant to Sarawak DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen, said they received many calls for help from senior citizens, many of whom stressed out not knowing how to use the MySejahtera app or register online.

“There also those that unable to read the small print on their smartphone screens. Many also are facing issues as MySejahtera is only available in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

“As a result, many missed their appointments because they do not know how to navigate the apps,” he said.

He said walk-ins should be allowed for this group and the disabled, as many were not tech-savvy.

“Now that we have more vaccine supply, we start to see many younger and healthy people get their vaccination appointments—some almost immediately, only a few days after registration.

“But, on the other hand, imagine the feeling of those senior citizens. They had registered months ago with chronic diseases and yet are still waiting for their appointments,” he said.

Julian Tan

Julian said there is a need to urgently re-evaluate the strategy in reaching those in the high-risk category for vaccination and increase the speed and access to vaccination.

“The distress for senior citizens is real for not having registered or still waiting for a life-saving vaccine against a disease that is killing many in their generation,” he stressed.