Activist groups are saying that she has the right to be unvaccinated.
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A University Malaya medical student claimed to have been barred from sitting for the qualifying examination because she hasn’t been vaccinated.
It’s reported that Nik Farah Ellisha Mohd Razif, 22, had previously informed the university that she did not want to get the vaccine.
She then agreed to get vaccinated after being pressured by her university, and was going to get the vaccine based on her brand of choice in April.
The university said they would give me an appointment date to get the vaccine but until the day of the exam on June 8 and 9, I still did not get an appointment date for the vaccination and when I came to sit for the important exam, the university forbade me and asked me to leave the hall.Nik Farah Ellisha Mohd Razif via Berita Harian
Farah also said that she applied to sit for the examination separately but her application was rejected.
She later lodged a police report on the matter along with Chief Activist, Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) Datuk Nadzim Johan at the Brickfields District Police Headquarters.
Nadzim was quoted saying that the association has urged a complete and thorough investigation to be carried out.
He said that Farah is a medical student, therefore she understands the importance as well as the pros and cons of vaccines, so when the student refuses to take vaccines, she understands the risks.
The activist also mentioned that the university should not force students but instead educate them and explain, adding that the university’s action to block the students from sitting for exams on the grounds of not getting the vaccine was absurd.
Netizens say that the university has the right
Malaysians who saw the protest questioned why a medical student would not be willing take a vaccine although Farah did mention that she wanted to be a good doctor.
Netizens also pointed out that she was actually taking a clinical exam which means that she has to meet people to treat them which will put them at risk.
Another Facebook user also said that barring students from taking examinations is up to the discretion of the university to determine eligible candidates.
UM, police said they’re investigating
The university has responded to the police report lodged by the medical student who claimed that she was not allowed to sit for her examination because she hasn’t taken her vaccine.
UM Corporate Communications Office Director Mohd Khairi Md Jaafar said in a statement, that Universiti Malaya is looking into the matter thoroughly and is open to cooperate with all parties involved to resolve the issue.
Meanwhile, Brickfields district police chief ACP Anuar Omar, when contacted by Bernama confirmed that the report has been lodged and investigations are ongoing.
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