Health DG: Vaccination is the best way to deal with worsening Covid-19 situation


PUTRAJAYA: Vaccination is the best way to address the worsening Covid-19 situation in Malaysia, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said this is proven with the decreasing number of hospitalisations among those who had received two vaccination doses.

“Among our health workers who had received two vaccination doses, 2,779 were infected after that.

“A majority of them are Category 1 and 2 who have mild or no symptoms. Only three people are in Category 3, and three in Category 4.

“If people only have mild or no symptoms, they only need to be isolated at home and this can reduce the number of hospital admissions,” said Dr Noor Hisham at a press conference Tuesday (July 13).

Malaysia recorded 11,079 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday - its highest daily figure by far.

Dr Noor Hisham said the aim is now to maintain a steady rate of vaccinating 450,000 doses per day for the next two months.

He said data from other countries that have started vaccinating earlier in the year have shown its capability to reduce Covid-19 hospitalisation.

“We have seen how in countries like the United Kingdom, when 40% of the population have been vaccinated, their numbers fall.

“If we can maintain our rate of vaccinating 450,000 people in a day for the next month or two, we can get to 40% quickly.

“From then, we can see the number of hospitalisation and ICU admissions go down,” he said.

On Monday (July 12), Malaysia had given out 421,479 vaccine doses in a day.

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