Vaccinated individuals protected against severe infections

Dr Annuar Rapaee

KUCHING: The low number of severe Covid-19 cases in Sarawak was attributed to the high vaccination rate in the state.

Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said vaccinated individuals had a lower chance of contracting severe infections despite the spread of the Delta variant.

“Despite the possibility of breakthrough infections and the ability to infect others due to the Delta variant, vaccinated individuals are protected against severe infections.

“This means while the variant is infectious, in terms of clinical manifestation, severe Covid-19 cases are low among those vaccinated compared to those who have not been vaccinated. That is why the vaccines are crucial,” he said.

Dr Annuar said this in a livestream on Saturday (Aug 21) while commenting on the spread of the Delta variant in the state.

H added while the four Delta variant cases in Sibu had been traced to localities, the people should not think that the variant was not present in other areas in Sibu.

“I urge all members of the community to uphold the standard operating procedures (SOPs) as best as possible through social distancing, washing hands regularly and wearing face masks,” he said.

On the 1,964 Covid-19 cases detected in Sarawak on Saturday, the Nangka assemblyman said 99.9 percent of the cases were from Categories 1 and 2 which meant no symptoms or mild symptoms.

He reminded Sibu folk to be vaccinated to protect themselves from severe infections despite the high number of daily Covid-19 cases.

“Those who have yet to receive their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines should not miss their appointments,” he said.