As shops reopen and restaurants are restored, the vaccination status of customers is not the only thing to worry about.
The vaccination status of store employees must also be taken into account, as it is currently not mandatory for employees to be vaccinated (partially or fully) to work and serve customers.
This uncertainty about the vaccination status of store employees could make customers hesitate to visit it, which would lead it to lose business.
If a store discloses this information, it’s usually done on their own social media, which some may or may not follow. To add, when choosing where to dine in the pre-pandemic, you would usually take a look at a few different points to see what tickles them.
If you do it now, you should look through the social media of various stores just to find this information, which can also be buried in daily posts.
An answer to overcome it? A site that groups this data so you can see it in one place, such as Vaxxed stores.
For peace of mind
Created by software engineer KH Lim, Vaxxed Shops shows the vaccination status of employees in various stores.
At the moment, there are about five pages of store listings available and most of the shops appear to be guest houses located in high end areas like Bangsar and Bukit Damansara. All ads are restaurants or bars.
You can search for a specific store, but for now, the search bar has a bit of a buggy. If you are looking for a store, simply enter the name or location of the store and wait for the site to load the data.
During my testing, it worked for some names and not for others. At the same time, by pressing “Enter” after typing in the search bar somehow, reload the entire site, so you’d like to avoid doing so for now.
Publisher Update: This has been fixed since then and we can confirm that clicking “Return” will not reload the entire site.
Each store has its name, location, type of store, kitchen and of course the vaccination status of the employees. A store is marked “Fully Vaccinated” or “Partially Vaccinated.”
Based on the submission form where users can add store data to the site, these states are defined here:
- “Fully vaccinated”: each working staff has received 2 doses of AZ, Pfizer or Sinovac and 14 days have passed since their second dose.
- “Partially vaccinated”: At least more than 50% of all working staff have received two doses of AZ, Pfizer or Sinovac and 14 days have passed since their second dose.
It is currently unclear whether “Partially Vaccinated” would also mean that there are some store employees who have not been vaccinated at all.
This data comes from Twitter and the stores themselves, either through a post or from their posts on social media.
Transparency benefits everyone
An immediate concern that came to my mind was the accuracy of this information and whether it could be trusted. No doubt Vaxxed Shop will do its best to verify this information, but as we are not yet sure what the verification process is like, it is difficult to say if it is effective.
There is also the question of whether this can cause problems with stores, as customers may misunderstand the status of “Partially Vaccinated,” which leads them to assume that one store is riskier than others to visit. The store may lose potential sales.
Transparency is the best policy in this situation for customers, of course, but a store that did not consent to its employee vaccination status being shown publicly may seem the opposite. However, for a store that has its employees fully vaccinated, it would be advantageous to have this data readily available.
Since the place is new, it’s understandable that it barely scratches the surface when listing the many F&B we have. However, with crowded information, Vaxxed Shops should be able to fill your list faster.
Right now, the types of B & Bs that appear seem to be popular meeting places where people would go with friends or family to weekend lunches or dinners. It makes sense, as these brands tend to have a stronger presence on social media and are easier to find information.
But if KH wants to keep the focus on F&B, including data on low-end F&B, such as neighborhood restaurants, cafes, copy, and maybe even the stops or walking centers would be good.
In the long run, it would also be great to show off non-F&B shops, along with shops located outside the Klang Valley, so that Malaysians from other districts and states can benefit from the place.
Editor’s note: We have contacted KH for more information on Vaxxed Shops and will update this article once we get their answers.
- You can find more information about Vaxxed Shops here.
- You can read about other articles related to vaccination here.
Featured Image Credit: KH Lim, developer of Vaxxed Shops