Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Health ministry lodges police reports on anti-vaxx groups over fake news

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin voices hope for quick follow-up action, including investigation and prosecution against the groups for spreading false information.

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The health ministry has lodged several police reports against anti-vaccine groups which spread false information that threatens public health.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a Twitter post voiced hope that follow-up action, including investigation and prosecution, could be expedited.

“These (anti-vaxx) groups continue to spread false news, threatening public health, and are annoying,” Khairy said.

In another tweet, Khairy said that as of yesterday 5,410 Covid-10 vaccine booster doses had been given, mainly to medical frontliners.

“Senior citizens will start receiving their booster shots at nearby GP (general practitioner) clinics soon,” he said.

On Wednesday, Khairy said his ministry would start administering Covid-19 vaccine booster doses to senior citizens aged 60 and above, and frontliners who were fully vaccinated at least six months ago.

Individuals who are eligible will be informed through the MySejahtera application. For those who do not have the app, announcements will be made via short messaging system (SMS) or phone calls from the vaccination centre.

Taking the booster doses will be done on a voluntary basis and free of cost under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme to ensure an optimum protection period for vaccine recipients in Malaysia.

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