Sarawak awaits Putrajaya’s decision on Vaccine certificate

Uggah during the Covid-19 update press conference.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is keeping a close watch on the federal government’s decision on vaccine certificates.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas disclosed this today.

“We are waiting for the KKM’s (Health Ministry) ruling on vaccine certificate,” he said.

He was commenting on the European Union’s (EU) plan to launch a vaccine certificate as a document to open up travel within the bloc.

Europe intends to have a certificate showing the bearer’s vaccination status, Covid test results and/or evidence of having survived the disease up and running in June, in time for the continent’s summer vacation period.

While technical work has been ongoing to ensure the certificate is recognised across all 27 EU member states, final details have to be worked out involving capitals, the European Commission and Parliament.

In an AFP report, the commission and Parliament agreed that the vaccines accepted across the bloc will be those authorised by the European Medicines Agency – currently from BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

They said individual EU countries could additionally allow other vaccines, as would likely be the case of Hungary and some other states that have opted to use Russia’s Sputnik V jab or ones produced by China.

Last month, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said Malaysia might issue a smart vaccination certificate to people in the country who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

He said the matter was being discussed with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure that the document is also recognised by other countries.

“I have had discussions virtually with WHO on the matter. The certificate will be updated to ensure that it meets international standards.

“We will issue the certificate as confirmation that the bearer has been vaccinated against Covid-19,” he said.