779 Teachers In Johor Have Refused To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The Johor government has said that it will reach out to them and try to change their views.

Cover image via HRH Crown Prince of Johor (Facebook)

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A total of 779 teachers in Johor have reportedly refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the state government

There are also 12 who have not yet registered, and two who have yet to update their data.

This was revealed by Johor Education, Information, Heritage, and Culture chairman Mazlan Bujang, who was replying to a question from Maharani assemblyperson Nor Hayati Bachok on the vaccination rate of teachers in the state at the Johor state assembly in Kota Iskandar earlier today, 22 August.

"The Johor government will call the 779 teachers who rejected the vaccine to be briefed so that they understand the importance of the vaccine, especially as the school session is expected to open in October," Mazlan said, adding that the Johor Education Department will assist in providing information to the teachers on the benefits of the vaccine so that they will be ready to receive their shots.

Johor Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang.

Image via Sinar Harian

Mazlan also shared that as of 19 August a total of 45,448 of 48,008 teachers in the state have received their first dose of vaccine

He said a total of 23,746 teachers statewide have also completed both doses of the vaccine.

"For members of the implementation group, a total of 6,539 or 91.43% have received their first dose and 2,816 have completed both doses. As for the operational support staff, 9,236 or 71.49% have received their first dose and another 7,030 have completed both doses," Malay Mail reported him as saying.

Taking cognisance of the issue of the 779 teachers who refused the vaccine, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said that he will meet with the Education Department director and teachers

"I will meet with the Johor Education director and the teachers concerned as soon as possible. Our priority is to overcome the pandemic so that the people and the state can return to life as normal," he said.

Deputy director (learning) Shahilon Abd Halim is currently the department's acting director.

Meanwhile, Bukit Jalil National Stadium vaccination centre will no longer allow the walk-in facility for non-Malaysians in the Klang Valley:

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