Elderly Man With Visual Impairment Travels 35KM By Foot To Get His Vaccine Jab

He found out about the programme from a person who sent food aid to his house the day before.

Cover image via Farizul Hafiz Awang/Berita Harian

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An elderly man in Pahang travelled 35km by foot to get himself vaccinated against COVID-19

Berita Harian reported that on Wednesday, 14 July, 78-year-old Shaikh Ramly Sheikh Ahmad, who has a visual impairment, walked alone from Kampung Kertau to the Kuala Wau Health Clinic, carrying only a bag and a cane.

He found out about the vaccination programme from a person who sent food aid to his house the day before

Prior to that, he had not registered for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.

He said, "I left home at 6am because I had to walk to the clinic, which is quite far from home. I was really hoping to get the jab today because I never registered for the vaccination programme due to the lack of technological facilities, besides having problems with my vision."

The man caught the attention of a news photographer who was on his way to cover the progamme

According to Harian Metro, photographer Farizul Hafiz Awang was in a car with a friend when he saw Shaikh Ramly walking alone. Coincidentally, he was headed to the same destination, so Farizul Hafiz gave him a ride.

Once they arrived at the clinic, Shaikh Ramly was assisted by a police officer who helped him get registered and then receive his vaccine injection.

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Similarly, a 76-year-old single mother in Kelantan was determined to get the jab despite needing to walk three hours to get it:

A Kelantanese man made a 90km round trip to help his neighbour get to her vaccine appointment after learning that her son could not do so: