A total of 204 staff at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) vaccination centre (PPV) in Shah Alam, have tested positive for Covid-19 after a mass screening on July 10.
National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said those who went for vaccination appointments there between July 9 and 12 are advised to observe a 10-day self-quarantine.
Khairy Jamaluddin told a press conference that the mass screening was ordered after two staffers were confirmed positive for Covid-19.
The IDCC PPV has a total of 453 staffers, including volunteers.
Khairy said as soon as he received information of the test results of the staffers, he ordered an immediate closure of the PPV for a day effective today so that a thorough cleaning and sanitation work could be done by the Fire and Rescue Department.
Vaccine recipients who have had their vaccination dates rescheduled have been informed via SMS and social media, and have received new appointment dates, he said.
Volunteers will also be stationed at the IDCC to inform recipients who are unaware of the closure to turn back.
“The RT-PCR test results have shown that 204 staff members who are positive have a CT (Cycle Threshold) value of more than 35, where they have a low viral load.
“We found that the exposure could have happened on July 9. As a precaution, the CITF advises those who presented themselves for vaccination at the IDCC on July 9 from 4pm onwards to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.
“The symptoms are different from post-vaccination side effects. Covid-19 symptoms should not be confused with side effects of the vaccination, for instance, cough and the loss of sense of smell and taste,’ said Khairy.