The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has told the unvaccinated community across the nation to not take the Covid-19 virus lightly and get vaccinated to reduce the possibility of severe symptoms if infected with the virus.
MMA president Dr Koh Kar Chai said it was a gamble for those who still yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Some may develop mild symptoms when infected with the Omicron variant while there is still the possibility of contracting Covid-19 with severe symptoms.”
“Those who survived severe symptoms will tell you that Covid-19 should not be taken lightly. Many of them were traumatised by the event.”
“The public should know that even though the country is transitioning to endemicity, we are still seeing hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 on a daily basis,” he said in a statement today.
Dr Koh then warned that the Omicron variant does not always give mild infections. He said it depends on a person’s natural immune system and there is still the possibility of severe symptoms when infected with the virus, even if they have been vaccinated.
“What more those who haven’t even received their primary jabs,” he stressed.
He then urged the community to get the maximum protection available through vaccination and a booster shot.
Dr Koh reminded senior citizens and those with comorbidities to not delay any further and consult their family doctor if they have any uncertainties.
He said the move by ProtechHealth to provide home vaccination services to the seniors who are unable to travel to vaccination centres is much appreciated but it may be too late for many to avail of this service at such short notice.
“Though such seniors may be in their own homes or care centres, there is still the need to make arrangements for caregivers to be present during the vaccination,” he said.
As for those who are still adamant on not taking the boosters, Dr Koh said that nothing much could be done as there had already been a lot of public awareness campaigns on this.