‘Appointment slots will be honoured’


People waiting to get vaccinated at SP Arena Convention Centre in Seberang Jaya, Penang.

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

As long as the recipients honour their appointment date, their vaccination slot will be available for them.

“So far, I have not heard of anyone being turned away at vaccination centres,” he said.

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

“As we can see, the recent cases in Penang have started to reduce. We believe this is mainly due to the lockdown, which is controlling the infection rate on the whole.

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

Dr Lee said it was vital to conduct widespread Covid-19 tests to prevent the virus from taking a foothold among the workforce and that small and medium industries should learn from larger multinational companies when 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 workforce that is immune to reduce infections,” he added.

Penang Hospital infectious disease consultant Dr Chow Ting Soo said if vaccine recipients had a medical condition, they should be reviewed by doctors first and receive their approval on whether they can 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 the doctor at the vaccination centre if they have an allergy history so that a longer observation period can be conducted.

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

usual.

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