KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has revealed that fully vaccinated individuals in Malaysia would soon be given some freedom under the proposed relaxation of SOP restrictions. He said this during his visit to Pharmaniaga LifeScience Sdn Bhd on July 17.
The prime minister said the proposed relaxation would serve as a benefit or incentive for those who have completed the two-dose vaccination.
Muhyiddin said the relaxation might include permission to go shopping or cross districts when the movement control order is in force.
The decision will be decided at the National Recovery Council meeting this week. If implemented, individuals may have to show their digital certificate in MySejahtera as proof of vaccination.
Muhyiddin said this is in line with the opening of more economic sectors when states transition to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). In the Klang Valley, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has announced Operation Surge Capacity with the aim to vaccinate all adults in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor with a single dose by August 1.
Starting July 17, all senior citizens (aged 60 years and above) in the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor without an appointment can walk-in to a vaccination center (PPV) to get the vaccine jab. However, those with existing appointments, are urged to follow their provided time and date.
After Operation Surge Capacity is completed on August 1, all remaining adults in the Klang Valley will be allowed to walk-in to their preferred PPV.
In Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, a total of 3.5 million have received at least one vaccine dose.
At the moment, Malaysia is administering three vaccines – Pfizer, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca. Both Pfizer and Sinovac have a 3-week interval between the first and second dose, while AstraZeneca has a longer interval of 9 weeks. A person is considered fully vaccinated 2-3 weeks after they have completed their second dose.