By Maryam Nasir
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 October 2021: The government will take a vigorous approach towards those who refuse to be vaccinated by ‘continuing to make their life difficult,’ said Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.
However, he said, those who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons will be fine as they would be provided with MySejahtera digital exemption.
“Sorry to say, if you are not vaccinated because you choose not to be vaccinated, then we will make life very difficult for you and continue to make life difficult for you.
“Cannot dine-in at restaurants, cannot go into shopping centres and we will be releasing a National Testing Strategy next week then we will probably ask you to do regular tests that you have to pay for. The message is to get yourself vaccinated,” he said.
He told a press conference after officiating the 11th National Acute Myocardial Infarction Course organised by the Serdang Hospital here yesterday.
Meanwhile, Khairy said that individuals required to take booster dose for Umrah or meet conditions of other countries can make applications for it to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and expected the shots to be given from this month.
However, he said MOH was making efforts and discussing with the countries concerned not to practice discrimination pertaining to vaccines as the United Kingdom only allows Malaysians who have received Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to enter the country without the need for quarantine.
“Rather than having to revaccinate Malaysians who want to go to UK without quarantine, treat all the vaccines, at least those which have been listed for emergency use under the World Health Organisation (WHO), as the same.
“Like the UK, they are considering our request, hopefully, they will agree and the same with Saudi Arabia in any case, we will give the booster dose but the easier and better solution is no discrimination as far as the vaccine is concerned,” he said. ***
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