If minimising the impact of COVID-19 and saving lives aren't good enough reasons for you or someone you know to get vaccinated, this might help turn things around.
The government is mulling the possibility of giving greater freedom to fully vaccinated people, including crossing state borders.
We may finally be able to meet our families and friends again and even hug them!
Review committee has been set up
According to a Bernama report, a technical committee comprising health and science experts has been set up under the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) to examine the easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated people.
The findings will then be sent to Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) for further action.
National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the committee will be looking at data from other countries from a clinical aspect to determine what can and cannot be allowed for fully vaccinated individuals.
"For example, in the United States, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has issued a guideline for fully vaccinated people, such as allowing them to remove their face masks when meeting in a room," he said.
Your MySejahtera app will work as a sort of passport that allows you the freedom to do certain things.
The profile of those who have been fully vaccinated will appear yellow, making it easier to identify.
International travel is being negotiated
Thousands of Malaysians working and studying in Singapore haven't seen their families in a long time, some even close to two years.
The same applies to people with families in other countries. The government is negotiating with other countries, including Singapore, to recognise each others vaccine passports.
We're not sure how long this will take or what other criteria besides being fully vaccinated (such as quarantine period) will be required but let's hope for the best.
More Malaysians registered for vaccination
According to The Star, COVID-19 vaccination registration has hit 100% in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as of 20 June 2021.
Selangor, Sarawak, Pulau Pinang, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Labuan and Melaka has over 70% of it's population registered.
Sabah and Kelantan have the lowest percentage of registrations, with the states only recording 28% and 48% registration, respectively.
Still a long way to go
While more and more Malaysians want to be vaccinated, the speed at which the vaccination is administered and the supply is attained is still concerning.
As of 20 June 2021, a total of 5,815, 575 Malaysians have been vaccinated.
However, out of this number, only 1,612, 974 are fully vaccinated.
In terms of vaccine supplies, Malaysia has received 8,594,500 doses of Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZaneca vaccines and expects to receive 1,205,220 more doses this week.
That's less than 10 million doses. For all three vaccines, two doses are required for the best protection.
Still gotta follow SOPs
While vaccinating as many people as possible as fast as possible is the best way to rehabilitate the country, at this point, it's still essential for everyone to continue following SOPs.
Continue wearing your masks when you step out of the house, maintain social distancing, wash your hands often and stay in as much as possible.
It's going to be almost two years since the pandemic starte so we know the drill by now.
Let's play our parts so we can begin enjoying simple things in life we took for granted sooner rather than later.