The government is considering taking legal action against anti-vaccination groups if they are found in any way to be inciting public belief against the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government has asked the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) to study the possibility of making vaccination mandatory for all of the people in Malaysia if the number registered for vaccination is low, as the process would make it difficult to achieve herd immunity.
“I hope we can speed up the vaccination process. What’s important now is to have no one saying no to vaccination,” he said.
He added that some 13 million individuals have registered for the vaccine. However, that is only 50 percent of the expected number of registration.
The government’s effort in accelerating the immunisation process to obtain community immunity can be seen through the increase of vaccination centres (PPVs) in urban as well as rural areas.
Muhyiddin explained there are no issues of supply shortage as the government has more than 100 percent of vaccine stock secured last year.
*Information sourced from NST