SOP relaxation for vaccinated persons tomorrow or Saturday: PM

The relaxation on COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) for fully vaccinated individuals will be announced in a day or two, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said the National Security Council (MKN) had looked into and gave their fair consideration to the proposed SOP relaxation and leeway.

“Maybe tomorrow or the day after, I will make the long-awaited announcement for those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

“The relaxation and leeway such as travelling interstate or inter-district, visiting parents or spouses for those in long-distance relationships, are the things that we will announce,” he told reporters after visiting the Felda Lenga mobile vaccination centre in Pagoh here today.

He said the announcement would also include the social sector such as dining in, sports and recreational activities.

Muhyiddin said the government was targeting to send 1.7 million doses of vaccines to Johor to boost its vaccination capacity to 70,000 doses daily from the current 50,000 doses.

He said he had directed the ministers concerned to have an audience with Sultan Ibrahim and Tengku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to explain the matter.

Muhyiddin said the issue on the vaccination rate was due to the fact that vaccines procured by the government did not arrive according to schedule.

“So, sometimes the committee under the ministers had to buy additional (vaccines) from local company Pharmaniaga to meet any shortfall in delivery.

“In terms of supply, by right there should not be any problem because we have booked more than 130 per cent of the country’s requirements, which means there is an excess but the delivery was not according to the schedule we want,” he added.

He said this vaccine delivery problem was partly caused by the very high demand for vaccines golabally.

Muhyiddin said overall, Malaysia had achieved a vaccination level that the country can be proud of.

“We will further increase it and with the intensified vaccination, (more sectors of) our economy can be opened,” he said.

Earlier, a group of local residents expressed their support for Muhyiddin as the prime minister by carrying placards which read “Generasi kedua Felda menyokong Tan Sri Muhyiddin” (Second generation Felda supports Tan Sri Muhyiddin) and “Terima kasih PM lupuskan hutang peneroka Felda” (Thank you, PM, for writing off Felda settlers’ debts). –BERNAMA