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Over 200 staff at Shah Alam vaccination centre tested positive for Covid, says Khairy

He advises those who went for vaccination appointments between July 9 and 12 to self-quarantine.

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A total of 204 staff at the Ideal Convention Centre vaccination centre (PPV) in Shah Alam tested positive for Covid-19 after a mass screening on July 10, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

He said those who had gone to the centre for vaccination appointments from July 9 to 12 were advised to self-quarantine for 10 days and to be tested for Covid-19 if they exhibit symptoms.

A total of 6,000 appointments have been rescheduled after the closure of the centre today for sanitation work by the fire and rescue department.

Khairy said the results of the screening had shown a cycle threshold value of more than 35, which is a low viral load.

“This is the first case of infections involving a PPV,” he said a press conference today.

“Due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley, it is difficult for us to determine whether an infection occurred at IDCC or elsewhere.”

As a precautionary step to reduce the potential of infection, he added, all workers at the PPV would be replaced with new ones.

“The CITF (Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force) will continue to boost efforts to ensure the IDCC PPV is safe,” he said, adding that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health had been asked to monitor the air quality at the centre.

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