MMA advises all unvaccinated civil servants to get vaccinated as soon as possible for the common good of all — Malaysian Medical Association

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OCTOBER 6 — The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) advises all civil servants who have yet to receive the Covid-19 vaccination, to get vaccinated as soon as possible for their own good and for the common good of all. It is unfortunate that the government’s Public Service Department (JPA) had to resort to making vaccinations mandatory for all civil servants though it is understandable as the number of unvaccinated civil servants are alarmingly high.

Many parents have also expressed concern over their child’s safety when school reopens therefore, unvaccinated teachers who are eligible for the vaccine should also take the responsible step of ensuring they are fully vaccinated.

There is sufficient evidence that the vaccines do work, are safe and side effects are mostly mild. The studies on the Covid-19 vaccines have been independently and thoroughly scrutinised for safety and efficacy not only by leading health organisations but by the regulating bodies of each country before they are approved for use.

There is sufficient evidence that the vaccines do work, are safe and side effects are mostly mild.  ― Picture by Hari Anggara
There is sufficient evidence that the vaccines do work, are safe and side effects are mostly mild. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

Although fully vaccinated individuals can still be infected, symptoms are mild and in most cases, will not require hospitalisation. There is no doubt that viruses will mutate and we may see new variants in the future but for now, it is important that we use all available tools to protect ourselves and each other against Covid-19.

It should be noted that even Typhoid vaccinations are mandatory for all food handlers in the country. Without the typhoid jabs, restaurant operators will not be given their licence to operate. Malaysians are known for the habit of eating out almost daily, but many do not realise that the Typhoid vaccinations have been protecting our population all these years from the disease which can be fatal!

The benefits of getting vaccinated can clearly be seen now with severe cases of Covid-19 on the downtrend and more sectors gradually opening up. “The proof is in the pudding” as the saying goes. Very soon, more Malaysians will be able to enjoy interstate and even international travel once again.

*This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail.

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