Malaysia ranks top 25 in supporting vaccine passports

by AZALEA AZUAR / pic by BLOOMBERG

MALAYSIANS are on the top 25 list of countries in supporting vaccine passports or similar health certificates for travelling and attending public events as it makes them feel safer.

Based on a study by Ipsos Malaysia, 92% of Malaysians agree with the vaccine passports in order to enter the country, while 82% want vaccine passports for large public venues.

Moreover, 69% of Malaysian business owners require vaccine passports before entering their shops and office.

Malaysians hope that the Covid-19 vaccine passports can be used at the end of the year, with 78% taking into account, followed by Australia (70%) and Great Britain (68%).

The US ranks the second-lowest (56%), while the host country of the 2020 Olympics, Japan, is the least to agree on the wide usage of vaccine passports (43%) at the end of 2021.

The countries with the highest percentage include India (81%) and mainland China (79%). According to Ipsos Malaysia MD Arun Menon, although countries all over the world are progressing through their vaccination phases, some are still facing larger surges or second and third waves of the pandemic.

“The Malaysian public widely supports the requirement of vaccine certificates to enter the country and access large venues, but is divided on their use to access shops, restaurants and offices.

“As we crossed one year of living with Covid-19, the Malaysian public is looking for ways in which they can get back to normal, even if that requires carrying or mandating vaccine passports or similar health certificates,” he said.

The survey was conducted for The World Economic Forum on its Global Advisor for adults below 75 years.

The study is split into two surveys: A 28-country survey and 12-country survey.

The 28-country survey is based on 21,021 interviews held between March 26 and April 9, which involves approximately 1,000 individuals each in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland), France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain and the US, and 500 individuals each in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey.

The 12-country survey based on 15,529 interviews held between April 8 and 11, 2021, involves approximately 2,000 individuals in the US, 1,500 each in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain; and 1,000 each in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland), Japan and Mexico.