According to 2 Malaysian scholars who further their studies in the United Kingdom, the daily life there is gradually returning to normal as shops were allowed to open, and people were allowed to dine in too.
According to them, this is contributed mainly by the efforts of the UK government and citizens there to get themselves vaccinated and achieve herd immunity.
Nonetheless, Malaysia is moving to that direction whereby the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had in a press conference yesterday (20 June) mentioned that the Malaysian Government is currently looking into easing restrictions for those who had completed their vaccination.
The relaxation of the restrictions includes allowing them to interstate travel.
According to Bernama, Khairy said that a technical committee is being set up under the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) to review the matter before the Task Force present the proposal to the National Security Council (MKN).
In addition, they will review the clinical data from other countries to determine the privilage and freedom that should be granted to these group of people.
“In America, the Centers For Disease Control (and Prevention) have released guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated. For instance, if people who are fully vaccinated are gathered in a room, they don’t have to wear their masks,” he said.
As of now, Khairy urge the public to continue to adhere to the SOP so as to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak again, even if they have been fully vaccinated. He added that the vaccination is not a substitution for the enforcement of the SOP and it is necessary for us to comply to the SOP and rehabilitate our country.
On the other hand, he mentioned that it is still not clear whether the vaccine booster shots will be required in the future. The matter is still being investigated as there were several unknown issues involving the development of the Variants of Concern (VOC), and whether the vaccines are effective against them.
“We will continue to do serology test to ensure that neutralising antibodies are still present in people who have been vaccinated months ago. If we see a drop in the neutralising antibodies then we may have to decide on giving a third booster shot for these people,” he said.
Nevertheless, we advice all to get to register for the vaccination and get yourself protected from the Covid-19 virus.
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