The Borneo Post (Sabah)

40 vaccinated healthcare workers infected but symptoms less severe


PETALING JAYA: Forty healthcare workers in Malaysia who were infected with Covid19 after receiving full vaccinatio­n reported less severe symptoms, said health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Cautioning that people who have been vaccinated can still get infected, he said: “It is clear that we still can be infected after the completion of vaccinatio­n but perhaps less in severity.”

Dr Noor Hisham said in a Facebook post on Saturday (April 17) that nine cases were infected more than two weeks after the second dose and 31 cases were infected less than two weeks after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.

He said 142 healthcare workers were infected after the first dose.

The World Health Organisati­on (WHO) has said that vaccinatio­n protects an individual from getting seriously ill and dying from Covid-19.

It said that for the first 14 days after getting a vaccinatio­n, an individual does not have significan­t levels of protection before it increases gradually.

“For a single-dose vaccine, immunity will generally occur two weeks after vaccinatio­n. For two-dose vaccines, both doses are needed to provide the highest level of immunity possible,” it said.

On vaccinatio­ns, Dr Noor Hisham said that no one is safe until everyone is safe and advised everyone to continue complying with all the precaution­ary public health measures.

“Although the vaccine gives a glimmer of hope in the fight against Covid-19, make no mistake by thinking that we can relax all the public health measures after vaccinatio­n,” he added.

Phase one of the vaccine rollout programme is from February to April and involves frontliner­s.

The second phase of the vaccine roll-out will prioritise the elderly, those with comorbidit­ies and people with disabiliti­es and will start on April 19.

The third phase of the national immunisati­on programme is slated to begin in May for lowrisk individual­s above 18 years old.

Meanwhile, a total of 8,602,156 people had registered for the vaccine as of Monday.

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