Govt needs to act by contacting those given vaccination appointments – Dr Yii

By S. Harrish

THE government has been told to reveal the details of those who have received their appointments under the Phase 2 vaccinations so that people do not miss their appointments.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the federal government and the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee should give the details by district and even sub-districts.

“Through these specific data, we can then properly identify specific locations where either registration is low or slow to respond to appointment dates.”

He said plans can then be activated to remove any obstacles to ensure they do not miss out on their appointments.

“I read with concern the recent statement by the Minister Khairy Jamaluddin that more than half of the 31,776 who have been given vaccination dates for Phase 2 have not responded,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Yii said this was alarming as those who received them were priority groups.

“They are likely to be elderly, those with medical conditions and OKUs.”

Based on statistics, about 86.3%, or 1,126 of the total 1,304 deaths in Malaysia due to Covid-19 recorded until Apr 7, were those with a history of medical issues.

While some cases may just be due to slow response, others may be unaware of such appointments or could not be contacted, he said.

“That is why I urge the government to find ways to reach out and contact them. Some of the elderly are probably unfamiliar or do not know how to check for their appointment dates on MySejahtera.”

He said some may have received a phone call from the Health Department, but it may appear as an unknown number and may not want to answer the calls.

He added that the government must explore different options to reach them, including calling their next of kin or family members to make sure their elderly are aware of their appointments.

Another database that could be used is the PekaB40 database especially for those with medical histories.