By Mei Kuan
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin via a televised speech today (August 8) spoke on the facilities for individuals who have completed vaccination.
“Since the launch of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) on February 24 till August 6, a total of 23.6 million doses have been administered. A total of 15.35 million (65.6%) adults have received the first dose while 8.25 million (35.3%) adults have completed two doses,” he explained.
“I understand that many are faced with pandemic fatigue. Taking into consideration the feedback from the Ministry of Health, the government is ready to provide facilities to individuals who have completed vaccination,” he said.
According to him, an individual is only considered to have completed vaccination when he or she fulfills the following criteria:
- For vaccines which requires two doses (Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac), the individual must have gone past the 14th day from the date of second injection
- For vaccines which requires only one dose (Johnson & Johnson and CanSino), the individual must have gone past the 28th day from the date of injection
The government agreed to provide the following quarantine and travel facilities for individuals who have completed vaccination nationwide and are effective for all phases of the National Recovery Plan:
- Travellers (Malaysians and non-Malaysian) with residence in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia MY Second Home) who return from overseas, and have completed vaccination, are allowed to undergo mandatory quarantine at home and to be issued the digital Home Surveillance Order.
- Long distance couples who have completed vaccination are allowed to travel interdistrict or interstate to meet
- Parents who have completed vaccination are allowed to travel interdistrict and interstate to meet children under the age of 18.
Besides that, devotees who have completed vaccination are also allowed to pray (solat) at mosques and prayer houses (surau). This is also effective in all phases of the National Recovery Plan with the following details:
- Mosques and prayer houses to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to public health protocol are abided to such as the wearing of face masks, physical distancing and ensuring the devotees leave immediately after completing the prayers.
- Devotees who are present must show their digital certificates of COVID-19 vaccination to the staff at the mosque and prayer house.
- This facility also applies to non-Islamic devotees who attend sessions in houses of worship.
- The implementation of this facility is subject to the state religious authority and the Ministry of National Unity.
Meanwhile, the following facilities in the social sector only applies to individuals who have completed vaccination and are residing in states under Phase 2 onwards:
- Interdistrict travels permitted with travellers showing the digital certificates of COVID-19 vaccination at roadblocks.
- Dine-ins are allowed. However, the Prime Minister advised all to only dine-in when necessary, avoid spending too much time within F&B premises, takeaway if the situation permits and to opt for premises with an open and good ventilation system.
“I also urge owners of food premises to prepare more dining space outside of premises for better ventilation. Those who enter the premises for dine-ins must show their digital certificate of COVID-19 vaccination,” he added.
Meanwhile, couples who have completed vaccination and wish to bring their children of age 17 and below for dine-in are to ensure that their children follow the strict SOPs.
3. Outdoor sports and recreation activities which do not involve physical touch and are non-team are permitted with the following details:
- Activity is permitted with physical distancing and must be conducted outdoors including semi-outdoors beginning 6am till 10pm.
- Dine-ins at restaurants or cafes at clubhouse premises are allowed. Owners of premises to ensure those entering for dine-in show the digital certificate of COVID-19 vaccination
- Operations of changing rooms and bathrooms at clubhouses are not permitted.
- Permitted activities include jogging, exercise, taichi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian, archery, hiking, tennis (single), badminton (single), golf and motoring.
4. Tourism activities within the same state are permitted involving homestays and hotels. Operators of hotels and homestays must ensure those entering premises show their digital certificate of COVID-19 vaccination.
All the announced facilities will be effective from Tuesday, August 10. Further details will be released by the National Security Council in the near future.
“The facilities of the economic sector are under discussion and will be announced soon,” Muhyiddin expressed.
Find the full speech here.