Entry only for vaccinated individuals mulled

Datuk Peter Minos

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The municipal council here may be implementing the policy of allowing only vaccinated individuals to enter public markets in this district.

Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman Datuk Peter Minos, who hinted at this, said the council will discuss and obtain advice from the Local Government and Housing Ministry and the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) if it seeks to implement such policies.

“I believe that such a policy is effective against the spread of Covid-19. However, only time will tell,” he told New Sarawak Tribune on Monday.

However, he noted that the council is putting its hopes on the local communities here achieving herd immunity soon.

“Let’s pray and hope that by the end of August, 80 percent of Sarawakians will be vaccinated and it will be safer, so the local authorities will be less worried about our public markets here.

“It has been very tough for us ever since the pandemic struck and we can only do our best (in curbing the spread of the virus).

“However, things are looking better for us nowadays, thanks to the vaccination exercise conducted by the government,” he added.

Minos was commenting on the initiative taken by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) to allow entry to Sibu Central Market only for those who have been inoculated against Covid-19.

SMC market and petty traders standing committee chairman Councillor Albert Tiang, pointed out that the premises will be off limits to those without proof of vaccination.