Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Special cert available for the medically exempt, Khairy says on vaccination

The health minister says such individuals must get verification of their condition from registered medical practitioners.

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Individuals who cannot be given Covid-19 vaccine due to medical-related factors can apply for a special digital certificate or vaccination exemption on MySejahtera through the district health office (PKD), says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

However, he said they would have to get verification of their condition from registered medical practitioners.

He said they would also be required to go to the district health office and submit a special form, which is an assessment slip on the suitability of patients with certain verified health problems to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The digital certificate through MySejahtera will be obtained within a week if the application submitted is complete and meets the stipulated conditions,” he said during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was responding to a question from Isnaraissah Munirah [email protected] (Warisan-Kota Belud) on alternatives for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons and whether there is any form of document specifically for the group to allow them to move about.

To a supplementary question from Isnaraissah Munirah, Khairy said those who have been fully vaccinated but do not have a digital device to show their digital vaccination certificate can produce the vaccination card issued to them at the vaccination centre.

If they have lost the card or the card is missing, they should lodge a report at the district health office, he added.

Meanwhile, Khairy said the government does not deny the right of any individual in the country to be vaccinated, including residents without documents of citizenship or with immigration problems.

“The policy of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme is a no wrong door policy. What is important is not the immigration status (of an individual) but public health, that’s why we prioritise vaccination for everyone in Malaysia,” he said in response to a question from Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (Independent-Tebrau) on vaccination for those without documents and illegal immigrants.

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