Around 100,000 Malaysians living in Johor who commute to Singapore for work will be among vaccine recipients under phase two of the National Covid-19 Immunisation programme scheduled to begin next month.
Johor chief minister, Hasni Mohammad, said at a press conference on Sunday (March 14) that the vaccination will be implemented in stages, and that the registration system for this purpose was currently being developed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
“As Malaysia is using the same vaccines as Singapore (Pfizer-BioNTech), it should not be difficult for both countries to recognise the inoculation process via a certificate available on the MySejahtera app,” Hasni was quoted as saying in a report by Sunday Star.
He also hoped that the border with Singapore would reopen by May or June as cross-border traffic would help to spur Johor’s economy.
When contacted, Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association president, Uzaidi Udanis, said the association had been in talks with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to prioritise inbound players for phase two of the national vaccine drive so they could travel abroad to meet with overseas partners to promote Malaysia.
He added: “We cannot wait until the border reopens before we start marketing the country. We have to start marketing now.”