A social media hashtag spawned a movement.
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Twitter user @Rincredible is the mastermind behind the hashtag #CucukMYAZ, which began as a way for Malaysians who are getting the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to share their experience.
The hashtag, which has been lauded as relevent, funny, and memorable, took just 2 seconds to come up with.
I suggested it because it sounded casual and mildly funny (yes, because it sounds like "cucuk my ass"). I had been seeing a lot of anger and despair on Twitterjaya so I figured a few people would use the hashtag to lepas geram. At most I thought 10 mutuals would use it.— R. (@rincredible) May 5, 2021
Before settling on CucukMYAZ, they actually went through some other versions such as MYAZ, SuntikAZMY, and CucukAZMY, which didn’t make the cut.
The best place for real-time information on the AZ vaccine
Now, the hashtag has become the best place for personal reports and tips before and after getting the vaccine.
Maybe I'm jinxing it by saying it, but I haven't seen many negative tweets on the hashtag. Everyone who registered seems excited to get their shot, and eager to help others understand the process. I love it because vaccines are something I strongly encourage people to get.— R. (@rincredible) May 5, 2021
The hashtag also helped encourage many who were vaccine-hesitant to register for their shot after the many stories about how easy, quick, and painless the vaccine is.
For Rin, that’s good news
Rin feels strongly about vaccinations and herd immunity. They recount how, as a child, they received every single vaccine available except the one for measels, which is supposed to be given at 9 months old.
This is because they caught measles at the tender age of 6 months old. While they recovered from measles (obviously), it has always been a question: what if they hadn’t?
Because of this, they strongly encourage vaccines to prevent risks of catching these preventable illnesses.
More vaccinated people = safer for everyone
They hope that Malaysia can reach herd immunity soon to make sure everyone can be protected, especially those who cannot take the vaccine due to compromised immune systems.
People who can't get vaccinated for COVID-19 include those with compromised immune systems: people who had organ transplants, for example, or people with immune system disorders.— R. (@rincredible) May 5, 2021
It also includes children and babies.
Those with weaker immune systems have a higher risk of catching the virus, which is why the healthy population should take the vaccine and be the buffer to prevent the spread to those vulnerable.
Of course, Rin is also encouraged and happy that the hashtag has been a wealth of positive experiences to encourage more adoption of the vaccine.
#CucukMYAZ showed that the Astra Zeneca option can give us a chance at reaching herd immunity faster. It showed that many people WANT to get vaccinated, and that people who are on the fence can change their minds if we just show them that it's not scary.— R. (@rincredible) May 5, 2021
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.