PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective, said Malaysian minister Khairy Jamaluddin, as he responded to anti-vaccine groups that have likened the vaccine to ineffectual injections with water.
The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, who is also in charge of the country's immunisation drive, was responding to social media buzz following news that some who had been vaccinated were infected with Covid-19.
The Health Ministry's director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Saturday (April 17) that nine healthcare workers were infected more than two weeks after the second dose and another 31 were infected less than two weeks after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
"Social media users who only read the headlines had shared it with their friends," Mr Khairy said in a Facebook post on Sunday evening.
He said an individual's immune system will be most prepared against Covid-19 two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine is taken.
"That is considered fully vaccinated. Even then, it doesn't mean we cannot be infected," he added.
Mr Khairy said individuals can still be infected with Covid-19 despite being vaccinated, but the chances of being infected are much lower.
"Though the vaccine lessens the likelihood of us being infected, infections can still happen," he added.
Mr Khairy said that once an individual completes his respective vaccination, he will also not experience adverse side effects, even if he contracts Covid-19.
"The vaccine protects us from horrible side effects such as admission into the intensive care unit, need for respiratory aid and death," he said. "The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It can protect you from the horrible side effects of Covid-19," he added.
He said since only nine people out of 272,019 were infected, this proves that the vaccine does work.
"Nine cases of those people who have received two doses - two full doses and have tested positive for Covid-19. That works out to 0.003 per cent of medical frontliners who have been fully vaccinated with two doses and tested positive for Covid-19.
"From what I know, Dr Adham can confirm, out of these nine cases, none of them have severe or even mild symptoms. They just tested positive for Covid-19," Mr Khairy said at a Monday joint news conference with Health Minister Adham Baba.