by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA
THERE has been only one reported case of a negligent vaccine administrator so far, which was caused by exhaustion.
National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin (picture) said this case occurred at the Kem Lapangan Terbang vaccination centre in Sungai Petani.
“This is the one case where the nurse had admitted that the negligence occurred due to the exhaustion and a warning has been given.
“However, there were also two other cases where frontline workers had provided extra doses due to confusion ,” he said during a weekly media briefing on the immunisation programme today.
As of July 22, a total of 507,050 doses of vaccine have been given out, where 335,977 people have received their first dose while 171,073 have completed both doses.
On Covid-19 infection development, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said there has been an increase in the infectivity trend of variant of concern (VOC), where the Beta and Delta variants are dominating.
“As of yesterday, a total of 378 infections were detected with the Beta and Delta variants, while 14 were of the Alpha variant.
“The infection detected through full genome sequencing of the Covid-19 DNA, the virus is seen as worrisome because the Delta variant in particular has a higher infectiousness and harm rates than Beta and Alpha,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said that there has not been any shortage of oxygen supply reported.
“The fatalities of Covid-19 patients were caused by the increase in categories four and five, which are critical and showing severe symptoms,” he said.
Dr Adham also noted that any self-performed Covid-19 tests should be reported to the MoH via the MySejahtera app.
“You should be responsible for reporting actual results and not commit falsifications to prevent infecting others.
“If the self-test kit result is positive, users need to attend a private health facility, Covid-19 Assessment Centre or any Health Clinic for assessment, before their health status is uploaded in the MySejahtera application,” he said.
He added that if the result is negative but the individual is symptomatic, they are also advised to go to a clinic for a similar assessment, while for invalid results, users need to repeat the test.
As of last Thursday, the ministry had given conditional approval for three self-test kits to be distributed and used in the country, namely the Salixium Covid-19 Antigen Quick Test Kit made by Reszon Diagnostics International Sdn Bhd; Gmate® Covid-19 made in South Korea; and Beright Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device (Oral Fluid) made by Hangzhou Alltest Biotech Co, Ltd.