• Ilona Andrew

Allowing mass walk-ins at all PPVs can be disastrous - Warisan veep


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13 Aug 2021 By Ilona Andrew KOTA KINABALU: Warisan Vice President Datuk Junz Wong said allowing mass walk-ins at all vaccination centres (PPVs) throughout Sabah can be disastrous and that there is a need for the Sabah Government to reconsider this policy. On Wednesday, Sabah official Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Masidi Manjun said all PPVs now accept walk-ins for all Malaysians and foreigners to get their jabs. According to Junz, such a policy would put the lives of the public and front-liners at risk. He questioned whether the GRS-led Government has consulted with medical practitioners before implementing the policy and whether the new State Health Director, Dr. Rose Nani Mudin has a say on this. "MySejahtera traces everyone's past close contacts and recently visited places. Those who may have been at red zones or been a close contact will be temporarily barred from getting their jabs. "But now, if everyone is allowed to walk-in, would it not risk the lives of our front-liners and the general public? "I am really worried. Our doctors and front-liners are already making a lot of sacrifices for us. GRS must take them into account before making any hasty decisions," he said in a statement. The Tanjung Aru State Assemblyman also questioned why are foreigners given the same treatment as Sabahans. "We should be prioritising Sabahans first, then only set aside how many vaccines are needed for PTIs and implement another separate rollout plan," he said, adding that the government has to come up with another rollout plan with proper SOPs for walk-ins. Junz suggested that some PPVs be opened up specifically for those who registered through MySejahtera for walk-ins and another separate PPVs for those who did not register through the app. "It is a good idea to open up for walk-ins, but it must be organised and implemented properly with strict safety SOPs. "If not carefully managed, a half-baked policy will do more harm than good. It can cause yet another spike in Sabah. "Don’t stop it only when it’s too late. Take a step back to reconsider carefully whether this policy decision will do more harm than good to our Covid-19 situation in Sabah.”