Govt urged to up public confidence in vaccine


WITH only a month left before the government’s intended Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Malaysian Health Coalition calls for the government to strengthen public confidence in vaccines.

The coalition, in a statement yesterday, said there is still much to be done and urgent attention needs to be given to strengthening public confidence in these dire times, as anti-vaccine narratives, conspiracy theories and false information run rampant on social media and in chat groups.

“The government must engage all levels of society to rapidly increase public education on vaccines and combat misinformation.

“We also urge non-government stakeholders such as the media, academics, businesses, religious authorities and civil society organisations to do their part in ensuring that only evidence-based information on vaccines is published and shared,” it said.

The coalition also suggested the government to prioritise the most vulnerable populations and build a long-term vaccine manufacturing capability.

It said the government must seize the opportunity to develop infrastructure for long-term vaccine capability in Malaysia.