Vaccine prevents severe infections

KUCHING: Severe Covid-19 infections can be greatly reduced through the use of vaccines, said Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee.

He said, even if an individual wound up infected by Covid-19, its infection wouldn’t be as severe compared to not being vaccinated.

“Data suggests that the vaccines reduce deaths and also it showed that when a person is vaccinated, it would limit the Covid-19 transmission. This means even if the person is infected, it won’t be as infectious (to others),” he said.

He said this in a livestream on Saturday night, when commenting on a report that 40 healthcare workers were infected by Covid-19 after completing their vaccination doses.

To this, Dr Annuar said while the report is accurate, the people should read the article in full rather than just the headline.

“The first thing is that we have to remember that not one vaccine is 100 percent (in efficacy). Even the Pfizer vaccine is only 95 percent. The other vaccines are lower.

“Secondly, immunity takes time. It does not mean that today you are getting the vaccine injection, tomorrow you are fully immune. This takes two weeks to a month,” he said.

The Nangka assemblyman said regardless, the case involving the healthcare workers will need to be investigated fully.

“We want to investigate the data that we get as we don’t want to blame only one side; it is probable there could be a problem with the vaccines. So, we have to investigate thoroughly,” he said.

Earlier, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in revealing the infections occurring to vaccinated healthcare workers said all of them had less severe symptoms.

“It is clear that we can still be infected after completion of our vaccination but perhaps less in terms of severity,” he said.