40 healthcare workers still get Covid-19 after completing vaccination, says Dr Noor Hisham

Nurses preparing the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 doses for frontliners in this file photo.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, April 17: A total of 40 healthcare workers were infected with Covid-19 even after being fully vaccinated.

Health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a Facebook post said nine cases of healthcare workers were infected more than two weeks after the second dose and 31 cases were infected less than two weeks of the second dose of inoculation.

He also said 142 healthcare workers were infected with Covid-19 even after receiving first dose of the vaccine.

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

“More importantly, all had less severe symptoms.

“No one is safe until everyone is safe,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham disclosed that a total of 426 healthcare workers throughout Malaysia were infected with Covid-19 from March 7 until April 15.

Out of that amount, 244 medical personnel had yet to be vaccinated while 142 healthcare workers had been given the first dose, 31 medical staff received the second dose less than 14 days and nine being jabbed the second dose after 14 days.

Thus, he reminded the public to comply with all the public health measures outlined by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

They include avoiding close conversation, confined space and crowded space as well as the practice of washing hands and wearing of face masks while in the public. — DayakDaily