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KOTA BHARU, June 8 -- Saiful Haslim Baharudin is over the moon when his grandmother Zainab Ibrahim, 78, received her first vaccine dose during the COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Programme at the Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque, Kampung Banggol, here, today.
Saiful Haslim, 21, said prior to getting the jab, his grandmother who has diabetes and high blood pressure was hesitant as she was worried about the side effects of the vaccine.
He said his grandmother was supposed to receive the first dose of the vaccine on April 26, after registering her for the vaccination via the MySejahtera application in early February.
“However, when we arrived at the Tunjong vaccination centre on April 26, my grandmother vigorously refused to be vaccinated and was replaced by my uncle Sharif Omar, 52.
“My grandmother said she was afraid to be vaccinated after hearing many stories about the vaccine’s side effects, especially among the elderly,” he said when met at the vaccination programme.
Saiful Haslim said since that day, he kept on persuading his grandmother to get vaccinated by explaining to her that the vaccine’s benefit is greater than its harm.
“I also kept on telling her that the chances of getting the side effects were significantly low.
“From there, my grandmother started to feel more confident to receive the vaccine and become aware of its importance, especially for high-risk groups like her,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rahmah Omar, 67, said that the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases has prompted her to get inoculated as she was confident that the vaccine could protect her from the virus.
“From the very beginning of the immunisation programme, I have been eager to receive the vaccine and have never doubted it because I believe that it can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, especially to people like me.
“Alhamdulillah, the vaccination centre has provided such an excellent service, I was also given the priority as I’m confined to a wheelchair due to my health problems.
“I feel very relieved after getting the vaccine as there are cases of COVID-19 infections in my village,” said Rahmah who hails from Kampung Penambang here.
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