While Covid-19 cases are steadily on the rise, Malaysians are hoping to get their vaccination as soon as possible. Many are currently waiting patiently for their vaccination date, which can’t seem to come soon enough. A Malaysian couple with Singapore permanent residence however, have decided on an alternative.
The couple, initially staying in Johor Bahru, had signed up for the vaccine via MySejahtera. After returning to Singapore however, they decided to get their vaccination there as it is faster.
58-year-old Li Mu Kun (李木坤) and his wife, 48-year-old Ho Chang’e (何嫦娥) have been staying in Johor Bahru since 2020. They were stranded there after the movement control order (MCO) was implemented last year. Their children however, have been living in Singapore. The couple had registered for the vaccine via the MySejahtera app. However, they decided to return to Singapore after receiving no news about their appointment dates. They managed to separately return to Singapore on 15th and 28th February. Ho explained that their decision to return to Singapore was because they wanted to reunite with their family members. Additionally, they were concerned with the worsening epidemic in Malaysia.
Ho shared that the Malaysian government had opened registrations for the vaccine in February. Ho herself had registered on 25th February but decided to return to Singapore before her appointment date was confirmed. “I (couldn’t) wait for the appointment date in Malaysia,” Ho said. “I am really disappointed, especially (since) the epidemic in Malaysia is (so) severe.” She explained that the vaccine offered a form of protection to people. “Even if (they) unfortunately contracted the disease, (the vaccine) can alleviate symptoms,” she said. While living in Malaysia, Ho did not dare to leave the house. Additionally, when her body started showing some symptoms, it worried Ho and become another source of concern.
The Singapore government had announced that starting 24th March, people aged 45 to 59 were allowed to make appointments for the vaccination. The couple decided to take the opportunity to get vaccinated and signed up for an appointment online.
“I received the first dose on 5th June,” Ho shared happily. “Except for minor side effects, I am in good condition and (my) life is as usual. I will receive my second dose on 19th July.” Her husband Li received his first dose on 9th June and the second will be on 24th July. The vaccine they received was the Moderna vaccine from America.
Source: China Press