Those with appointments assured of getting vaccinated

People taking their first dose vaccine at AstraZeneca Opt-In Vaccination Centre at Spice Arena in Bayan Lepas,Penang. ( June 7,2021 ). - ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

THOSE registered with MySejahtera and have received their vaccination appointment date should not worry about being turned away when they arrive for their appointment, said Penang Safe coordinator Dr Lee Toong Chow.

He said as long as the recipients honour their appointment date, their vaccination slot would be available for them.

“So far, I have not heard about anyone being turned away at vaccination centres before getting their jab,” he said.

On the Penang Safe initiative, Dr Lee said industry players in the manufacturing sector have started to relax and slow down surveillance in screening their workers.

“As we can see, the recent cases in Penang have started to reduce.

“We believe that it is mainly due to the lockdown, which is controlling the infection rate on the whole.

“We at Penang Safe still see that new clusters continue to emerge in small and medium-scale industries in Penang,” he said.

Dr Lee said it was vital to conduct widespread Covid-19 testing to prevent the virus from taking a foothold among the workforce.

He said in view of this, small and medium industries should learn from the larger multinational companies in implementing regular screening of their workforce.

He said this was the only way to continue operations safely.

“Even if we start vaccination today, full immunity only starts after one month. So, it will be many more months before we can count on an immune workforce to reduce infections among the workforce,” he added.

Meanwhile, Penang Hospital infectious disease consultant

Dr Chow Ting Soo said if vaccine recipients have medical illness, they should ensure that they have been reviewed and approved by their doctor if they are suitable to receive the vaccine.

“They should take their medication as instructed. No skipping unless your doctor says so,” she said.

Dr Chow said recipients should check their MySejahtera application, adding that they must click to confirm their slot

if they have received their appointment date.

“Recipients should inform if they have an allergy history and inform the doctor at the vaccination centre earlier so that a longer observation can be conducted.

“There is no need to take prevention medicine like antihistamine or Panadol before the vaccination,” she said, adding that recipients should sleep, eat and rest as usual.

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