MOH: 40 healthcare staff down with COVID-19 despite fully vaccinated

IN a warning against the public to adhere to COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOP), the Health Ministry (MOH) announced that 40 of its healthcare workers were infected despite getting vaccinated.

“Forty of our healthcare workers have been infected after completion of vaccination. Nine were infected more than two weeks after the second dose and 31 were infected less than two weeks of second dose of inoculation.

“142 healthcare workers were infected after the first dose. Moreover, all had less severe symptoms. It’s clear that we still can be infected after completion of vaccination but perhaps less in severity,” MOH director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, in a Facebook post.

Yesterday, Malaysia reported 2,551 new infections, the second successive day numbers have breached the 2,000 mark. It was the highest since the second movement control order (MCO) was imposed in February.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba announced that he had recommended to the Government to disallow inter-state travels for the upcoming Hari Raya festival, owing to the rising COVID-19 cases.

On that note, Noor Hisham urged the public not to let their guard down and adhere strictly to the SOP despite the mass inoculation programme taking place across the nation.

“Although the vaccine gives a glimmer of hope to fight against COVID-19, make no mistake that we can relax all the public health measures after vaccination.

“No one is safe until everyone is safe. Please continue to comply to all the precautionary public health measures, (3Cs and 3Ws),” he stressed. – April 17, 2021.

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