DPM: Exemptions for full Covid-19 vaccination to be announced after Aidiladha

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob speaks during a press conference at Wisam Pertahanan in Kuala Lumpur July 19, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob speaks during a press conference at Wisam Pertahanan in Kuala Lumpur July 19, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — The government will announce what exemptions it will give to those fully vaccinated against Covid-19 after the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations tomorrow, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In a press conference this morning, the deputy prime minister said the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) was evaluating what restrictions could be rolled back for this group and will present these to the Cabinet shortly.

“As the prime minister disclosed previously that we will give exemptions to those who have received both doses of their Covid-19 vaccines, a technical committee is now performing a detailed study,” he was quoted as saying by Astro Awani.

The DPM said the study encompassed matters such as who may travel, what levels of travel would be allowed upon full vaccination, and what business sectors would have relaxed restrictions if the workforce were fully vaccinated.

“These matters are being studied and, God willing, we will announce them after Hari Raya (Aidiladha).”

Yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government has brought forward the target to vaccinate the country’s entire population from December to this October.

He said this would be achieved by increasing the country’s vaccination capacity to around 500,000 a day under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Last week, Muhyiddin said the government was proposing to ease preventive restrictions for those in the country who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19, in order to allow more economic sectors to resume operations.

As of yesterday, over 9.5 million people in the country have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose while over 4.4 million have been fully vaccinated.

According to the JKJAV earlier today, health workers administered 344,961 doses of Covid-19 vaccines yesterday.

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