High-risk groups, especially those with chronic diseases should not be afraid and worried of Covid-19 vaccination as it can help reduce the severity of symptoms if these individuals are infected with the virus.
According to Dr Nurazam Omar, an internal medicine specialist at KPJ Perlis Specialist Hospital, the vaccines also work as a shield that can help mitigate the risks of Covid-19 infection among persons with chronic diseases who are also among those in the high-risk groups.
"People with no medical conditions and those with chronic diseases have an equivalent ratio of possible Covid-19 vaccination side effects. Therefore, those with chronic diseases need not worry about getting vaccinated.
"Those on certain medications or undergoing any treatment should also not worry about getting vaccinated because it is safe," he told Bernama.
Members of the public should play their role by keeping an eye on their neighbourhoods, and alerting the police if anyone returns without the permission of the authorities, says Perlis police chief, Datuk Surina Saad.
She said that the information was needed to enable the police to take firm action against those who were still being obstinate in not complying with the 2021 Hari Raya Aidilfitri standard operating procedures (SOPs).
"Other than public tip-offs, the police will also increase the number of compliance teams, and will take stringent action against individuals, including in housing areas.
Perak is confident of vaccinating all state residents by the end of this year including the Orang Asli community in rural areas in every district.
Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the state government will be preparing mobile vaccination centres (PPV) specifically to vaccinate the Orang Asli.
“For those Orang Asli situated near the town such as Tapah and Kampar is reachable, but difficult to reach those in rural areas such as the Orang Asli settlements in Hulu Perak.