KOTA BHARU,Mar 11: Kelantan police have detected a handful of officers and rank and file personnel who refused to be vaccinated.
Kelantan police chief Shafien Mamat said the matter was detected through the letter of consent that had to be signed by them before receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
Therefore, he said these police personnel would be called up in the near future to find out more details on why they refused to receive the vaccine.
“So far, the number in Kelantan is only a few and I will meet with them to find out the real problem. If they have diseases such as asthma, chronic diseases and others or in the case of pregnancy, they will be exempted,” he told reporters after the Kelantan police contingent headquarters monthly assembly here today.
Shafien said he did not want any police personnel in the state to be influenced by anti-vaccine groups when instead, they should be an example to society.
Meanwhile, he said 1,018 out of the 3,922-strong Kelantan contingent had received their jabs as of yesterday.
“A total of 2,547 officers and rank and file personnel will be receiving the vaccines under the first phase which started in early March. We are still waiting for additional vaccines for the use of personnel in three districts, namely Kota Bharu, Kuala Krai and Pasir Mas,” he said.
On Feb 25, Kelantan received 18,720 doses of Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech for the first phase of vaccination in the state under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. It is being implemented in stages at 31 vaccination centres.
The Covid-19 vaccination in the country is on a voluntary basis.
On March 2, Kelantan menteri besar Ahmad Yakob was the first to receive the vaccine injection in marking the launch of the immunisation programme at the state level.