90pct traders, food operators under MBKS fully vaccinated

Wee (right) stands with the sign that says ‘Please show proof of your vaccination before entering the shop.’

KUCHING: About 90 percent of hawkers and vendors at markets, as well as food operators and their workers, under Kuching South City Council (MBKS) have received the first dose and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng said this when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune recently.

He noted that by next week, the council will collect name lists of workers and operators of restaurants, coffee shops and other eateries to register for the vaccine.

“We already had meetings with coffee shop and restaurant associations, hawker associations and others last week.

“We had a dialogue session with them on this and we informed them that they need to submit the names of staff members who need to be vaccinated,” said Wee.

The mayor also added that coffee shops, restaurants or other eateries not under any associations can liaise with MBKS licensing site to get workers and operators to register for early vaccination.

“I am very happy to learn that most of them are supportive of the idea,” he said.

Apart from that, he also visited markets around MBKS area to survey the situation and received positive feedback from traders on the new regulation to get everybody vaccinated.

Before implementing new policies, he said the public will be consulted on the subject matter.

“It is very important to listen to feedback on the new policy.  They are also very supportive of the idea for early vaccination and feedback is positive,” he said.

Wee said that early vaccination for food operators and workers is the way to go as this also helps the state government to achieve 80 percent herd immunity by August.

On another matter, he said that certificates will be issued to food operators once everyone, including the owners and workers, has been vaccinated.

He said, at the moment, the certificate is still in the design process.

MBKS online meeting with associations from Persatuan Tukang Masak How You Kuching, Sarawak Restaurant Associations, Persatuan Peniaga Kedai Kopi dan restoran Kuching and Kuching South City South Hawker Association.