Mixed sentiments on leeway for the fully vaccinated

Three states have entered Phase 3 of the National Recovery plan, while another 6 are in Phase 2. Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya continue to record high cases and have yet to transition out of Phase 1. Graphics courtesy of PMO.

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 9 – Effective tomorrow, August 10, those fully vaccinated will be able to do some of the things currently restricted under the country’s ongoing National Recovery Plan (NRP) phases in place to contain the Covid-19 virus.

While many Malaysians, particularly the business people, have welcomed the move, many have also expressed concerns about the relaxation amid the increasing number of cases and the alarming death rates.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who made the announcement on Sunday, however cautioned people that the flexibility was being given on the premises that all Standard Operating Procedures are followed and people would have to take the responsibility with the allowances given.

He noted that Labuan and eight other states have moved out of Phase One of the NRP, an exit plan, announced June 15, for the country from the Covid-19 web towards some semblance of normalcy via several phases based on the number of cases, hospitalisation numbers and recoveries.

While commending Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan for entering Phase 3 of the recovery plan, he also urged other states to continue with their efforts to move into the next phases, keeping in mind the challenges of the new variants like the highly infectious Delta variant.

He also spoke of the various measures taken by the government in cooperation with the private sector clinics to ramp up vaccination for the people.

Meanwhile the leeways announced will apply only for those who have passed 14 days following the completion of their vaccination and these flexibilities will also in some cases apply only in states that have entered Phase 2 and beyond.

The following link provides the full details in English on what can be done and what needs to be observed under the various phases of the country’s structured recovery plan from the Covid-19 : https://pelanpemulihannegara.gov.my/laporan/PPN-en/index.html

The NRP’s general website which offers comprehensive information of the plan is at:https://pelanpemulihannegara.gov.my/