WITH the rakyat getting more anxious on when it would be their turn to get vaccinated, there have been some allegations of people jumping the queues to get their jabs.
Despite the allegations coming from social media whistleblowers, coordinating minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin shared the comments with Health Deputy Director-General Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong to conduct an investigation.
Following that, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba announced that the Government is in talks of imposing fines for those caught jumping the queue.
“We have several specific provisions in which we can bring a person to justice by way of a fine if they prevent or stall efforts to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
However, Khairy also noted that out of the 80% targeted herd immunity that the Government expects to achieve before demolishing movement control order (MCO) only 6.1% (1,468,137) of Malaysians have registered for the vaccination via the MySejahtera app.
“The registration is somewhat low and we need to step up efforts to increase registration,” Khairy said.
As for new cases, it has been reported that as of 6pm today, there were 1,828 new COVID-19 infections, bringing total cases to 302,580.
There were five deaths today, adding the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 1,135, but luckily 2,486 COVID-19 patients were discharged (current total 275,903).
However, 198 patients are still being treated in intensive care units and 90 more are in need on ventilator support. – Mar 1, 2021