Over the weekends, the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had took to Twitter to said that the Health Ministry (KKM) will take a hard stand against the anti-vaxxers and they will “make life difficult” for them.
On contrary, the Deputy Health Minister, Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali is taking a conciliatory approach and said that the Ministry will offer to set up a meeting between the minister and the anti-vaxxers.
He said that KKM could help arrange the meeting so that it would involve the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin too.
“I would like to suggest that these groups meet us. We can have a frank discussion and we will provide authentic clinical data on the vaccination for them to see.”
“Do not spread fake news about the Covid-19 vaccine. Those who do this may end up facing action by the communications and multimedia ministry.” he was quoted saying by Bernama in the Parliament yesterday (18 October).
He said this in response to a question raised by Wan Martina Wan Yusoff on the government’s action against anti-vaxxers who had, among others, exploited data on the CovidNow portal to influence the people against taking the vaccine.
Last Saturday (16 October), Khairy said KKM will make life difficult for the anti-vaxxers throughout the nation if they continue to refuse to be vaccinated.
He also said that those who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons are excluded from this group and are not affected, as they will be given exemption under the MySejahtera.
Meanwhile, Noor Azmi is of the opinion that anti-vaxxers had not been given clear explanation on Covid-19 vaccines that has led to them rejecting the vaccines.
He added that the government’s decision to carry out the vaccination programme was made after taking into account the results of studies that were conducted either locally or abroad.
He also said that the KKM had explained that the vaccination is not a cure against Covid-19, but it increases our immune system to fight the virus.
He also commented on the Covid-19 booster shots, where he said that studies showed that our immunity against the Covid-19 virus starts to decline after 6 months receiving the vaccine. Hence, a 3rd dose will help improve our immune system.
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