No vaccine, no exam?

Written by: Malaysiakini | 16 Jun 2021 10:58
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16 Jun 2021 10:58

A medical student at a local university has claimed that she was barred from sitting for the Medical Qualifying Examination (MQE) because she was not vaccinated against Covid-19.

The medical student’s father, Mohd Razif, claimed that Universiti Malaya (UM) failed to inform his daughter, Nik Farah Ellisha, earlier that her lack of vaccination would prove to be a barrier for her third-year exams.

“I feel that the actions of Universiti Malaya are very irresponsible because my daughter was stopped from taking her exams in the examination hall itself,” he said in a press conference that was live-streamed yesterday on Facebook.

Farah pointed out that it was her prerogative to choose in getting the Covid-19 vaccination or not and that decision should not interfere with her studies.

“It is my right to say no to the vaccine, so just because I said ‘no’ (to taking the vaccine), why must the university stop me from taking the exam?” she said.

The 22-year-old had previously said that she had applied to sit for the examination individually, but the application was rejected.

The examination from which she was allegedly barred from taking is a clinical exam that requires medical students to interact with real-life patients.

The aggrieved student lodged a police report at the Brickfields district police headquarters accompanied by the Malaysian Muslim Consumers’ Association (PPIM) activist Nadzim Johan.

Nadzim said that the PPIM demanded a complete and thorough investigation of the incident.

Former Umno member Lokman Adam, who attended yesterday's press conference, said that this incident represents the first time a university has barred its students from taking an exam because they were not vaccinated.

“I want to ask the government: was it not the Prime Minister (Muhyiddin Yassin) and the Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) (Khairy Jamaluddin) who said that no individuals in this country will be forced (to take the vaccine)?” Lokman said.

Meanwhile, the university’s corporate communications office director Mohammad Khairi Md Jaafar said they were looking into the matter in detail.

He said the university was open to working with all parties to resolve the matter.

“It is Universiti Malaya’s responsibility to provide a conducive and safe campus to all residents, especially when facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In fact, we are also taking precautions to control any risk of the virus spreading on campus,” he added. – Malaysiakini

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