The average vaccination rate in each state is expected to reach 80% of the adult population by the end of September 2021, and Prime Minister Ismail Sabri believes Malaysia could hit 100% vaccination by end-October.

A travel bubble could soon be underway for selected tourist destinations in Malaysia, once vaccination rates in each locality hits 80%, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has shared.

This programme will first begin with Langkawi Island on 16 September.

In the same vein, the Prime Minister said based on updates by the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Assurance Committee (JKJAV), the average vaccination rate in each state is expected to reach 80% of the adult population by the end of September 2021. As at 2 September, 65.9% of the adult population has completed their vaccination regime.

PM Ismail added: "I believe the 100% vaccination rate will be achieved by the end of October 2021, thus providing protection to the Malaysian Family. Citizens and entire Malaysian families also need to be prepared to live with COVID-19 as an endemic after October, when vaccinations are expected to be fully completed.

"Therefore, the Ministry of Health Malaysia is requested to present appropriate new pandemic and endemic strategies other than compliance with Standard Operating Procedures alone."

Apart from the above, the Prime Minister also shared that starting tomorrow (Saturday, 4 September), Melaka will move to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, while Negeri Sembilan will move to Phase Three.

Last, he announced that the special meeting on COVID-19 will now be known as the Special Committee on Pandemic Management. "The Special Committee involves representatives from opposition parties. This approach is one of the collective efforts to involve all stakeholders to ensure that the country's recovery goes as planned, in line with the spirit of the Malaysian Family."


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