Doris supports calls for walk-ins vaccination for senior citizens, disabled, IT illiterates

Dato Sri Doris Sophia Brodie

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, June 23: Political secretary to the Chief Minister Dato Sri Doris Sophia Brodie opined that walk-in vaccinations should be considered for senior citizens, the disabled and those who are not tech-savvy but the mechanics to implement it need to be addressed by the relevant authorities.

She believed the approach will enable Sarawak to achieve herd immunity faster while assuring Malaysian citizens are not left out from getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

At the same time, Doris who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women’s chief also concurred with former Stampin MP Julian Tan who pointed out yesterday that the government should allow walk-ins for Covid-19 vaccinations especially for senior citizens and disabled individuals with using just their MyKad as many of them are not tech-savvy to register online.

“I see his (ex-Stampin MP Julian Tan) point and I share his thoughts.

“In fact, not only senior citizens and individuals with disabilities but also those who are IT illiterates, for instance those who do not know how to use handphones and those who do not have one.

“In this manner and besides hastening herd immunity, we can be rest assured that all eligible Malaysian citizens are not left out from getting vaccinated.

“Hence, walk-in vaccination should be considered but the mechanics to carry it out need to be addressed by the relevant authorities accordingly,” she said in a statement today.

Yesterday, Tan in a statement said Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) has received many calls for help from senior citizens with many of them stressed out about not knowing how to use the MySejahtera app to register online for vaccination.

“There are also those who are not able to read the small print on their smartphone screens, apart from language barrier as currently, MySejahtera is only available in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

“As a result, many missed their appointments because they do not know how to navigate through the app.

“Walk-ins should be allowed for this group and the disabled, as many are not that tech-savvy,” he said. — DayakDaily