Those who received their COVID-19 vaccinations at the IDCC Shah Alam vaccine administration centre (PPV) between July 9 and 12 have been urged to conduct self-regulations and check for any symptoms related to the virus.
This after 204 of the 453 workers and volunteers at the centre tested positive for the virus, Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
According to him, the centre has been closed for one day (today) to allow disinfection works to take place, and is expected to resume operations tomorrow with another set of staff members.
Khairy told a virtual press conference that the outbreak was detected following a mass screening conducted on July 10, after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
This is the first time positive cases has led to the shutdown of a PPV in the country.
The minister urged people to go for COVID-19 screening immediately if they display symptoms, such as cough and lost of smell and taste, as they are different from the side effects one experiences after vaccination.
The IDCC is one of the country's mega vaccination centres with the capacity to administer about 6,000 doses a day. About 400 of the 453 workers there have been vaccinated.
Khairy, however assured that the COVID-19 positive workers, who have since been isolated, are not infectious, as they had low viral loads.
Vaccination appointments at the centre today have been rescheduled via MySejahtera and social media notifications, he noted.
Vaccine recipients should arrive for their appointments on time, and observe all standard operating procedures while there. Once done with their stipulated slot, they should leave the venue immediately to minimise the risk of exposure at a public place, Khairy pointed out.
Source: The Star, NST
Photo source: Free Malaysia Today
Tue Jul 13 2021