SMC begins handing out own vaccination certificates to eateries, businesses who have vaccinated employees

Cr Joseph Lim presenting a SMC vaccination certificate to a food stall owner while Cr Jenny (left) looks on.

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SIBU, Aug 28: Residents have been advised to look out for Sibu Municipal Council’s (SMC) vaccination certificate before entering business premises, which includes food and beverage outlets and supermarkets.

SMC chairman Clarence Ting said displaying the certificates would enable the public to know that the people serving them have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The council, he said, had made it compulsory for businesses to have their employees vaccinated against Covid-19 or else they would not be allowed to operate.

“Councillors and staff are going around presenting vaccination certificates to all the F&B outlets that had applied after all their staff were vaccinated. Yesterday Councillor Jenny Ting, Cr Jiram Mardan and Cr Joseph Lim distributed to those at Jalan Sanyan, Raminway, Belatok and Bukit Lima Timur area,” said Ting.

The council, he said, will be issuing similar certificates to hair salons who have met the same criteria as well.

On another matter, he said nine out of 18 places where positive cases had visited are eateries like coffee shops and restaurants.

“I urge the public to take precautions when dining-in at coffeeshops. How to be safe? Don’t go to your favorite coffee shop when you see that it is crowded. Go to another place that has less customers,” he advised.

For those who have children at home who are younger than 18-years-old and are unvaccinated, Ting recommended that they should avoid dining-in altogether.

“The Covid-19 Delta variant symptoms for those who are vaccinated are relatively mild, but for the children who are unvaccinated, some could develop symptoms. Do we want to risk our children’s health?” he asked. — DayakDaily