Covid-19 vaccine not an ‘immunity passport’

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stressed that the Covid-19 vaccine is not an ‘immunity passport’. - Bernama picHealth director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stressed that the Covid-19 vaccine is not an ‘immunity passport’. – Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has reminded people to not get carried away once they are inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine as they still have to monitor its response.

During the Covid-19 cases briefing session here, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stressed that the vaccine is not an ‘immunity passport.’

“It does not mean that once vaccinated, they can travel anywhere. No.

“We still need to look into the safety efficacy of the vaccine and time will tell, probably in four to six months, to see the outcome,” he said today.

At the moment, only one company has submitted the dossier for its vaccine and the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) is studying it.

The earliest the vaccine can be approved is by the end of February while the vaccination exercise may begin the following month, he said.

“It depends on how fast the company can respond to issues and questions raised by the committee and we will proceed from there,” he added.

By Teoh Pei YingMohamed Basyir.

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