LET THE PEOPLE CHOOSE THEIR OWN BOOSTER VACCINE Urges MP

source – the vibes

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, Bintulu MP, says the ministry cannot force the people to take Pfizer as their booster dose. Allowing people to choose their preferred brand for booster dose could address hesitancy he urged.


LET THE PEOPLE CHOOSE THEIR OWN BOOSTER VACCINE Urges MP

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, head of the Progressive Democratic Party, today recommended that the public should have the option of which Covid-19 vaccine booster to receive, and the Health Ministry should ensure that Pfizer, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca doses are accessible at all vaccination sites. He also stated that the ministry must respect vaccination recipients’ choice.

The Bintulu Member of Parliament remarked today that the high reluctance to accept booster doses in Sarawak might be handled more effectively if residents were given a choice of booster brands.

source - the straits times

“If a person had two shots of Sinovac and wants Sinovac for his third booster shot, the ministry cannot force that person to take Pfizer. Will the ministry take full responsibility if anything negative happens if it insists only on Pfizer?

“The people must be given the choice of vaccine that they want. The health teams at all vaccination venues must have the necessary stocks of all vaccine brands ready at all times,” he said in a press statement.

Tiong said that the government must overcome the uncertainty that has hindered the booster dose programme in Sarawak.

Despite the fact that the state election is only weeks away, only roughly 58% of Sarawakian adults have had their booster vaccinations.

Concerned by this statistic, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian went to social media yesterday to urge all eligible Sarawakians to get their booster doses.

“For the period between October and November, there are 821,000 Sarawakians eligible for booster dose.

“Thank you very much to our fellow Sarawakians who had gone for the booster dose. However, we must do better than the 58% vaccination rate now.

“There will be another 338,000 Sarawakians with two doses of Sinovac who are eligible for booster shots this month (November). With the increase of booster dosage administration, cases of new infection and deaths will continue to go down in Sarawak,” he posted on his Facebook page.

Tomorrow, the Election Commission (EC) will declare the polling date for the Sarawak election.

This follows the dissolution of the state assembly on November 3, forcing the EC to schedule state elections within 60 days.

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