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IKEA Says “No Vax? No Entry”

IKEA Says “No Vax? No Entry”

Here in Malaysia, the Swedish furniture retailer is allowing only vaccinated people into its stores.

Fernando Fong

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These days, what you can do depends on how much of a Covid-19 threat you pose.

When you go to IKEA, beyond putting on a mask, you also need to have a vaccine certification: a double dose of either Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or Sinovac, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson and Cansino.

The announcement by IKEA on Wednesday had whipped up a frenzy of reactions and a great deal of comments from netizens.

IKEA’s Facebook page is rife with posts disparaging the rule.

Anti-vaxx supporters argue that not everyone who is not vaccinated poses an equal threat. They said IKEA have gone too far and threatened to boycott its products.

But many are also on IKEA’s side.

They said shopping is not a right and no one in their right mind would risk their life and that of others for some furniture.

With less crowd due to Covid-19 restrictions, a customer strolls leisurely at Ikea Damansara.
(Credit: Fernando Fong)

The rule is not meant to punishment or force anyone to get jabs, but rather, to protect everyone. 

It must also be pointed many other shopping malls and public areas have put similar restrictions in place, requiring visitors to be fuly vaccinated. 

People can still get their IKEA furniture online, although its best to get vaccinated for the common good.

Malaysia continues to break records in its daily COVID-19 cases, even though more people have been vaccinated.

Some continue to hold out against vaccinations due to worries on side effects; and skepticism of the jab’s effectiveness.

However, authorities and experts say that only with vaccination can there be any hope of winning the war against Covid-19.


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