I agree with the sentiment expressed in the Opinion page under the headline, ‘Call for penalty for jab appointment evaders’, as detailed in the Bulletin on July 21. I, too, was shocked to hear about the vast number of people not showing up for their appointments.
This inconsiderate ‘no show’ behaviour not only impacts the administrative efforts of all the staff involved but also impacts a large proportion of people who remain unvaccinated.
With the Delta variant surging in many parts of the world, there are a large number of people who want to get vaccinated but are unable to do so, due to a lack of availability of current vaccination calendar slots.
I have repeatedly tried to book an appointment and have heard similar experiences from friends. I have also contacted the hotline, where they assured me that my detailed would be passed on.
I recently went to the Berakas Indoor Stadium vaccination centre and supplied my details of having allergies again. The staff informed me that the local hospital would contact me.
To support more effective and wider vaccination coverage, and to address the ‘no show’ problem, perhaps the last hour of each day could be allocated to the general public on a stand-by basis, to take up those missed vaccination slots.
In order to alleviate the burden on vaccination centres and government hospitals, could private hospitals offer vaccinations to the public? I’m sure elected general practitioners may also be willing to support these efforts.
These practices may ensure more effective vaccination coverage, protecting more people in a shorter period of time and would alleviate the burden on the current vaccination centres.
Unvaccinated & Frustrated