Vaccines offer better protection after 14 days

KUCHING: The Covid-19 vaccines have better effect in protecting the recipients after 14 days of them receiving their second dose.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Covid-19 case data in July suggested that less than one-fifth of those who were fully vaccinated after two weeks got infected.

“For those who are Covid-19 positive in July after vaccination, the following observation is consistent with vaccines’ maturation. Those who have been fully inoculated after two weeks have better vaccine protection,” he said.

Dr Sim said 50.45 percent of the vaccinated individuals who were infected in July were inoculated with the first vaccine dose while 30.41 percent had just received their second dose.

He said individuals who had taken their second Covid-19 vaccines at least two weeks prior made up 19.14 percent of those infected after vaccination.

Dr Sim added that Sarawak had received its weekly Covid-19 vaccine supply under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).

He said a substantial supply of Pfizer vaccine arrived at Kuching International Airport on Wednesday (Aug 4) afternoon.

“Though Sarawak started small but we scaled up our vaccination in June, inspite of the spread of Delta variant in July.

“This allowed us to avoid the fate of double jeopardy as seen West Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and other Asean neighbours,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim noted that in July, Sarawak saw its daily death rate (2.23) dropping to less than half of what it recorded in May (5.35) and June (4.87).

He said similarly, the severity of Covid-19 dropped with a reduction in Category 3, Category 4 and Category 5 cases to less than eight percent of the total cases.

He added, while there was a slight increase in Category 2 (symptomatic) cases, there was also a decrease in Category 1 (asymptomatic) cases.