Vaccine does not stop virus from spreading

Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The Covid-19 vaccine is also effective against the Delta variant.

However, as pointed out by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor, Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, the vaccine does not stop the virus from spreading.

“We need to remember the facts. The vaccine is effective in preventing serious symptomatic cases, hospitalisation and even death, but it is not so good in preventing the virus from spreading from one person to another,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Sept 23).

In other words, he said vaccinated persons can still get infected, but will be mildly ill.

“They can still spread the virus to others, especially those who have not been vaccinated – children younger than 12 years old or individuals with certain medical conditions,” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Minister therefore said it was very important for those who have been vaccinated to continue wearing masks to protect themselves and others.

“Vaccination decreases the severity of Covid-19, so less need for intensive care unit (ICU) beds, less need to be on ventilators, and fewer deaths,” said Dr Sim.