The Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had announced that all fully vaccinated individuals nationwide are now able to enjoy the privileges previous announced by the government regardless of all phases of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) the state is in.
According to Bernama, Khairy said that the Cabinet had agreed on this matter in the meeting yesterday (1 October).
He also said this was following the latest developments regarding the transitioning of PPN phases for all states and the dominant position of the Delta variant, which made up 94.9% of the new variants detected in the country.
“This decision was made after taking into consideration the safety of the people’s lives, (the need for) strengthening of the country’s public health system and smooth reopening of the economy, as well as ensuring the government’s efforts to begin the transition process to the endemic phase is undertaken safely.” he added.
Meanwhile, he urge individuals who could not be vaccinated for health reasons to provide relevant health information which has been verified by medical officers during checks.
As of now, states that are still in Phase 2 of NRP includes Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Johor and Sabah. States in Phase 3 of NRP includes Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Melaka, Perlis, Pahang, Terengganu and Sarawak, while states in Phase 4 of NRP include Negri Sembilan and Labuan.
Khairy had once again highlighted that an individual is only considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second dose, and this applies for all 2-doses vaccine, such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac.
For the recipients of single-dose vaccines such as Johnson & Johnson and CanSino will only be categorised as fully vaccinated after 28 days from the date of injection.
Khairy said that the people’s cooperation in complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) is the key for the country to exit the pandemic, in addition to the government’s effort and strategy.
“If the people become complacent due to the relaxation given, it is not impossible for the situation on infections to take a turn for the worse again.” he said.
Khairy added that the National Security Council will soon announce the details on the SOP for the national recovery phase.
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