M’sians Can Now Travel To SG After Ranking 10th Place With 77% Of Population Fully Vaxxed

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According to the New York Times vaccination tracker, Malaysia has now surpassed Japan, Australia, and South Korea, securing the 10th spot for 77% of our population being fully vaccinated.

Currently, the United Arab Emirates holds the first place title in the world for an impressive 89% of their population being fully vaccinated as of Nov 8.

ProtectHealth chief executive officer Datuk Dr Anas Alam Faizli congratulated Malaysia for being ranked 10th in the world.

Malaysia kicked off its national Covid-19 vaccination program on Feb 24, with frontliners comprising healthcare professionals, and security personnel being the firsts to receive the shot.

As of today, the CovidNow tracker shows that 50,402,399 Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered with 24,552,038 people having been fully vaccinated, as reported by Malay Mail.

In relating news, this allows more opportunities for international travel, including to our neighbour just across the shore, Singapore!

Vaccinated travellers will be able to take flights between Singapore and Malaysia without quarantine from November 29 onwards.

The long-awaited reopening between the neighbouring countries will pave the way for families and friends separated by Covid-19 to reunite, as well as for workers to come in and for business links to resume.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a joint statement today that the countries will launch the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Changi Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Note that the reopening covers only air travel, and does not include land travel via the Causeway or Second Link.

“The Prime Ministers also look forward to restoring travel across the land links between both countries in the near future,” said the statement.

“They were happy to note the good progress in ongoing detailed discussions on a similar vaccinated travel scheme, to reopen travel across the Causeway and the Second Link, taking into account the public health situations in Johor and Singapore.”

Heavy traffic on the Causeway linking Singapore and Malaysia, at 6:50pm on Feb 5, 2016. Photo: Don Wong

Travellers entering Singapore under the VTL scheme do not have to serve a stay-home notice, but will instead take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior to departure and upon arrival.

Pack your bags, we’re off to the Lion City!