SDMC agrees to allow employees of biz premises with one-dose vaccine to resume work this month

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 16: Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to return to the workforce but Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has agreed to give leeway to employees who just have one dose of Covid-19 vaccine to resume work for this month.

SDMC, in a statement today, said it has agreed to give relaxation this month for business premises in Sarawak whose employees had just one dose of Covid-19 vaccination to return to work.

It added the decision was made following feedback from the private sector that there were certain employees who have not been fully vaccinated.

Following a suggestion from the State Health Department, it said only employees who received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are allowed to return to work, especially at indoor premises.

It added the suggestion was based on the rising Covid-19 cases from the Delta variant and the increased number of workplace clusters.

At present, 1.65 million Sarawakians or 80.9 per cent of the adult population in Sarawak have been fully vaccinated while 166,415 individuals are still awaiting to be jabbed with the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine this month.

Overall, SDMC said a total of 1,81 million of the adult population is expected to be fully vaccinated by the end of August.

For employees who are not eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine due to health reasons, they can produce their medical records from the relevant medical officers.

SDMC added only individuals who are fully vaccinated will be protected against the Covid-19.

For individuals who have yet to receive the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, they are advised to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the prevention of Covid-19 especially for dine-in and working at eateries at all times.

They are also urged not to expose themselves to high risk areas of Covid-19 infection for instance at crowded areas or places with less ventilation where transmission of coronavirus within the community is high. — DayakDaily