Limit inter-district travel to the fully jabbed

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Inter-district travel in Sarawak should be limited to those who have been fully vaccinated, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

He also pointed out that the effectiveness of Covid-19 would only take place 14 days after the second dose.

“According to a microbiologist from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Dr Zamberi Sekawi, full vaccination offers optimum protection only two weeks after the second dose.

“He said that currently, the number of fully vaccinated people   is relatively low in our country and there is still a large segment of our population who have not been inoculated yet,” Masing explained on Monday (Aug 9).

Dr Zamberi recently said that the government must hold back plans to relax restrictions on fully vaccinated individuals.

Although it was the next logical step, it should not be adopted just yet.

He pointed out that restrictions could only be gradually eased in areas with a low number of active cases and a high number of vaccinated individuals.

Masing urged the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to consider these points.

“With the spike in number of Covid-19 positive cases in Peninsular Malaysia, I think it is wise not allow interstate travelling between Malaya and Sarawak just yet,” he added.