Covid-19: Side effects after vaccination 'almost never a bad sign', says Health DG


PETALING JAYA: Side effects after receiving doses of a Covid-19 vaccine are generally a good thing, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“Every vaccine can have side effects like muscle pain, fever, or headaches; and some of the new Covid-19 vaccines are even likelier to give you those side effects than you may be used to," he said.

“But the scientists who work most closely with vaccines emphasise that when a vaccination makes you feel sick, it's almost never a bad sign," added Dr Noor Hisham.

He added in a YouTube video titled "Vaccine side effects are actually a good thing" that people might even be happy to get side effects once they understand why they happen.

The video can be viewed here:

According to the ministry’s CovidNow portal, over 9.04 million people have received their booster dose as of Saturday (Jan 15), representing 37.6% of the adult population in Malaysia.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said that he was optimistic the figure would grow to over 10 million by next week.

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