Health worker confirms that vaccines offer protection


KUALA LUMPUR: Health worker Nurul Ezuahani Samad Fatimi, 32, is thankful to have completed both doses of the vaccine at the end of March, as this protective “shield” has allowed her body’s natural defences to develop immunity against more serious infection.

Nurul Ezuahani, a radiographer at a hospital in the capital city, had mixed feelings when she tested positive for Covid-19 on July 7, more so because she suffers from asthma and is overweight.

“My immediate concern was what is going to happen if my husband and two children are also infected. But luckily, as I was fully vaccinated, I was confirmed to be in category two of Covid-19 infection.

“I only had mild symptoms of itchy throat and blocked nose. I can’t imagine how it would be if I had been infected with the more contagious and severe variants before getting vaccinated. I don’t think I will be able to survive,” she told Bernama recently.

It was a relief too, she said, as her husband and two children who live in the same house were not infected.

Throughout her quarantine period in a hotel room, Nurul Ezuahani said she did not take any medicine but only vitamin C supplements and maintained a healthy diet.

“It is learnt that the vaccine will to some extent reduce the risk of infection to others as my close family members or friends were not infected, even when my test results showed that I had been infected long before I realised I was Covid-19 positive,” she said.

Earlier, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was reported as saying that fully vaccinated individuals could be infected with Covid-19, but the likelihood of infecting others would be low and they would experience less severe symptoms. — Bernama

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