Adham Baba: Immunised Malaysians may be issued 'Covid-19 passports'

PETALING JAYA: Talks are being held on how to issue “Covid-19 passports” to those who have received the Covid-19 vaccine, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

The Health Minister said two methods were being considered, namely via the MySejahtera App and physical certification.

He cited the example of the Saudi Arabian government which issues "yellow book" certification for those who have been immunised and visiting the country.

"We are looking at how to collaborate with the other nations to streamline the issuing of certificates" he said at a press conference in KLIA following the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines on Sunday (Feb 21).

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also said that he had been in recent talks with his Singaporean counterpart on the matter.

"We discussed how to come out with a joint declaration for both countries, including for those in the region to come out with a code or universal declaration," he added.

Once in place, Dr Wee said that it would allow those who have been immunised to travel without the need to be quarantined but they would remain subject to other standard operating procedures.

He said such a move would help the nation's airline industry and those in the region to recover.

Meanwhile, Khairy Jamaluddin said teachers in the high-risk group and frontline media personnel are being considered to be among those to receive the Covid-19 vaccine under the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

"The request for vaccination from teachers seems reasonable and fair seeing that schools will be opening this coming March," the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said.

He said the requests would be brought to the Covid-19 task force for consideration when it meets next week.

"We will ask the Education Minister to provide us with a priority recipient list of teachers who have co-morbidities and are at high risk of a negative outcome if they get the virus," he said.

However, Khairy noted that the availability of vaccines for teachers would depend on the supply.

He said that one million vaccine doses have been earmarked for some 500,000 medical and non-medical frontliners under the first phase of the immunisation programme.

"We will try to accommodate teachers, including some media frontliners, subject to availability of vaccine supply but also based on risk assessment," he added.

Earlier, Dr Adham and Dr Wee had accompanied Khairy to witness the arrival of the first batch of the 312,390 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses at KLIA.

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