Quarantine exemption for M’sians vaccinated in S’pore mulled

JOHOR BARU: If Malaysians working in Singapore have been vaccinated for Covid-19 and they want to be exempted from quarantine when they return here, Johor may bring it to the Federal Govern-ment’s attention.State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan, (pic) when asked about the matter, said nothing had been decided.

“If there are such requests, we are prepared to bring them to the National Security Council (NSC) and the Health Ministry.

“Previously, we brought forward a proposal for Malaysians with Singapore permanent resident (PR) status to travel into the country under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA), ” he said.

He said initially, PCA and RGL were not applicable to Malaysians holding Singapore PR status.

“But after receiving numerous requests and appeals from the public, we brought the matter to the Federal Government’s attention. The proposal has since been approved, ” he said.

Bernama reported that a number of Malaysians working in Singapore had started receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Those who received the vaccinations are working in priority sectors in the republic. Singapore received its first shipment of the Covid-19 vaccine on Dec 21 last year.

In a statement on Singapore’s Health Ministry Facebook page, more than 60,000 people had received their first dose of the vaccine as of Friday.

“From Jan 27 (Wednesday), we will commence vaccination for seniors in Ang Mo Kio and Tanjong Pagar, where larger numbers of our seniors reside.

“The aim is to enable us to iron out all the operational processes before scaling up nationwide.

“Vaccinations will be progressively extended to seniors across the island from mid-February, ” it said.

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