Interpreters Used Malaysian Sign Language To Explain Covid-19 Vaccine To The Deaf Community
The outreach programme to vaccinate the deaf community ensures no one is left behind in the journey to fight Covid-19.
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As the number of Covid-19 cases keeps going up, it’s imperative that no one is left behind when it comes to getting vaccinated and their booster shots.
ProtechHealth together with the Malaysian Red Cross Society (MRCS), the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf and the Health Ministry worked together in an outreach programme to help vaccinate the people in the deaf community.
Ensuring no one is left behind. ProtectHealth together with @MalaysianRC, Malaysian Federation of the Deaf and @KKMPutrajaya today conducted an outreach program to vaccinate the deaf. Interpreters using Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia (BIM) to explain about COVID-19 vaccine #PICKBooster pic.twitter.com/LmtlbUnqDX— Anas Alam Faizli (@aafaizli) February 19, 2022
To help the deaf community, there were interpreters using the Malaysian Sign Language (BIM) to explain the Covid-19 vaccine during consultation.
The move has been applauded online because it ensures that everyone, regardless of their disabilities, is helped to feel safe and protected from Covid-19.
No one should be left behind.. Blind, illiterate, hard of hearing (Deaf), etc. Whatever the means, whatever the language, may it be translated to the preferred language i.e Sign Language, Mandarin (or other Chinese dialects), BM, English, Tamil, etc. #PICKBooster #PICKids 💉💪✅ https://t.co/njs8s19Kwk— Christina S. (@christina_hysim) February 19, 2022
Previously in June 2021, Malay Mail reported that people with disabilities (PwD) were able to get vaccinated through the OKU Sentral National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Drive-Through Vaccination Centre (PPV) for five months.
According to Malay Mail, nearly 19,000 PwD nationwide have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and almost 280,000 PwD had registered for vaccination by 24 June 2021.
The Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) vaccination centre has fully vaccinated 3,300 blind and deaf people with their caregivers in August 2021, as reported by New Straits Times.
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