BY: Michelle Liew
With the vaccination phase getting off to a good start for the past couple of months, the ideal of having herd immunity is one step closer to being reality.
However, it is important to remember that senior citizens being the most vulnerable and prioritized group, endure hurdles such as technology, transportation and much more, to get vaccinated.
This Kelantan man did not hesitate to drive and accompany his 90-year-old neighbour to attend her Covid-19 vaccine appointment after discovering that her son was not able to do so.
60-year-old Syed Hassan Syed Bakar drove a whopping 90km round trip from Rantau Pajang to Kota Bharu just to make sure her neighbour, Gan Giok Hiang, was able to get her vaccination on time.
Syed Hassan explained that Gan’s son was unable to fetch her to her appointment at University Sains Malaysia because he lived in Kota Bharu and was not able to cross districts.
“I volunteered to do so. I drove about 45km, starting from Rantau Panjang at 9.30am and we reached the vaccination centre around 11am,” said Syed Hassan according to New Straits Times.
He also noted that Gan needed wheelchair to move about, thus it would be difficult for her 79-year-old niece to bring her alone. As such, Syed Hassan accompanied both the ladies to their appointments. In fact, this is not the first time he has extended a helping hand.
“This is nothing new to me as I have taken them to their hospital appointments before,” he explained.
Not to mention, it was his sister who helped Gan register for her vaccine on MySejahtera two weeks ago and was the one who reminded him to take her for the appointment that day.
“My sister filled in her phone number as Gan does not have a mobile phone, and also it is easier for anyone to call us about the vaccine appointment date,” he said.
Syed Hassan stated that considering the fact that they have been neighbours for a long time, it was not burdensome at all to offer help.
“I have known both of them since I was a child. Whenever I needed help, one of them would reach out.”
Syed Hassan’s act of kindness is a reminder to us all that as a community, we ought to stay united and fight the pandemic together.