Jab first, register later’ approach may be abused
Posted on : 21 Jun 2021  Source of News: Sarawak Tribune

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing


By Nurin Yusrina

KUCHING: We may see significant cases of non-Malaysians adopting shortcuts to receive their Covid-19 vaccine if there are no proper remarks to protect the ‘jabbed first, register later’ approach, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.

Masing, who is also the Sarawak Border Security Committee (SBSC) chairman, said this approach only applies to those without documentation who was born in Sarawak.

“Vaccination would only be given to people who do not have sufficient documents in places near the border after being scrutinised by relevant agencies such as Resident and District offices, Penghulu (village head), Tuai Rumah, Tuai Kampung, or any elected representatives,” he said.

This inspection is crucial because we do not want to deprive them of their rights — getting vaccinated — but we also need to take serious measures to prevent the illicit use of our most recent approach,” he said.

Masing advised social activists and non-governmental organisations to check their facts and validate with relevant authorities before making any assumptions regarding the approach.

The ‘jabbed first, register later’ strategy is only relevant to Malaysians living in rural or semi-urban areas with poor internet connection and for whom MySejahtera apps are not the best solution,” he said.

He added that stateless persons cannot simply stroll into any vaccination centre and demand that the vaccine be given to them without providing any relevant proof.

Agencies Under Ministry