Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Proposal to relax movement controls for the fully vaccinated

PM Muhyiddin Yassin says the national vaccination programme is going according to schedule.

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Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today said he had asked the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Supply (JKJAV) to consider relaxing the movement controls for those who have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

“For me, the vaccination programme is going according to schedule,” he said at a food basket programme under the Prihatin initiative.

“I have asked the JKJAV to reconsider for those who have received two vaccine jabs so that restraints can be relaxed, whether from the aspect of travel or going to stores or dining in.

“We want to show that while we are managing the Covid crisis, the lives of the people will return to how they used to be.”

He also urged the people to be patient. “Be confident that we can win this war,” he added.

Last month, Khairy Jamaluddin, the minister in charge of the national vaccination programme, said the government was looking into easing restrictions for those who have completed their vaccination regime, including the possibility of allowing them to travel interstate.

He said a technical committee comprising health and science experts set up under the JKJAV was reviewing the matter before it could be presented to the National Security Council.

Speaking at a press conference on the National Recovery Plan, he gave the example of the US where fully vaccinated people are allowed to remove their face masks when meeting in a room.

However, he added that Malaysians must continue adhering to the SOPs even if they have been fully vaccinated.

“For now, vaccination is not a substitute for the enforcement of SOPs especially in sectors operating during the movement control order. Vaccination is very important for us to rehabilitate the country but existing SOPs such as physical distancing, wearing face masks and others must continue to be emphasised and enforced,” he said.


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