Last Sunday (22 August), the Johor Education Department had reported that a total of 779 teachers in Johor have refused to register themselves for the Covid-19 vaccination.
Following the incident, Johor Crown Prince, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim took to Twitter to announce that he will meet with the teachers personally to find out the reason behind their refusal.
Yesterday (27 August), the Johor Crown Prince said he has with the 779 teachers and a number of state authorities and dignitaries at Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim in Bukit Timbalan.
In the Facebook post he shared, he said out of the 779 teachers who refused to be vaccinated, there were 396 who rejected the vaccine due to “doubts”, but he had not elaborated on what sort of doubts these teachers have.
On the other hand, the other 383 teachers had postposed their vaccination due to allergies, pregnancies, or health conditions.
He also revealed that a number of them have now agreed to register themselves for the vaccination.
“I heard the teachers’ explanations on issues faced by them.”
“There were some teachers who have now agreed to register to take the vaccine.” the Johor Crown Prince said.
In addition, Tunku Ismail also said that he hopes the teachers involved will realise their responsibilities that include setting good examples for others.
Previously, Johor Education, Information, Heritage, and Culture chairman Mazlan Bujang said that the state government will call these teachers to educate them about the importance of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, he said that the Johor Education Department will assist in providing information to the teachers on the benefits of the vaccine so that they will agree to be vaccinated.
This comes after Mazlan replies a question from Maharani assemblyperson Nor Hayati Bachok on the vaccination rate of teachers in the state at the Johor state assembly last Sunday (22 August), at the same time shared that as of 19 August a total of 45,448 of 48,008 teachers in the state have received their first dose of vaccine.
He added that a total of 23,746 teachers statewide were fully vaccinated too.
“For members of the implementation group, a total of 6,539 or 91.43% have received their first dose and 2,816 have completed both doses. As for the operational support staff, 9,236 or 71.49% have received their first dose and another 7,030 have completed both doses.” Malay Mail reported him as saying.
Read the full statement from the Johor Crown Prince here: