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We May Soon Get A Vaccination Passport To Travel Or Pray

We May Soon Get A Vaccination Passport To Travel Or Pray

Singapore may be the first foreign country to recognise Malaysia’s vaccination passport.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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Malaysia may soon introduce a vaccination passport as the country gets closer to achieving herd immunity and Singapore may be the first country to recognise it. 

More than just for international travel, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah suggested that the proof of vaccination could be used for inter-district and interstate travel, and even as permission to participate in group activities such as for congressional prayers at houses of worship.

Dr Noor Hisham noted that an SOP for how the vaccination passport is to be used must be laid out first. He is also confident that Malaysia would reach herd immunity by November or December if the number of vaccinations administered increased. 

It’s too early

He said that currently less than 10% of the population is fully vaccinated so it is too early to implement the vaccination passport. 

Dr Noor Hisham was reported to have said this at the webinar on Islam and current affairs organised by Pertubuhan Intelektual Negara and Persatuan Ulama Malaysia on Saturday (June 19) night.

Entry to Singapore and booster shots

Meanwhile, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Singapore may be the first foreign country to recognise the MySejahtera app as Malaysia’s vaccination passport.

This would allow fully vaccinated Malaysians to enter the island state with their MySejahtera as a verification of their vaccination status. 

When asked if vaccine booster shots or yearly vaccination would be needed, Khairy told The Star that it will depend on the Covid-19 variant.

He added that Malaysia will continue its serology tests (the study of antibodies in the blood) to monitor the duration of effectiveness of the Covid-19 on individuals.


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