KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — The government will publicly announce any Covid-19 infections detected in vaccination centres (PPVs), Khairy Jamaluddin said today, after recent outbreaks at two mass inoculation sites.
The coordinating minister in charge of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) previously announced a Covid-19 outbreak among 204 staff at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) PPV in Shah Alam, Selangor.
CodeBlue reported last Sunday complaints from volunteers at Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC), also another mega PPV in Shah Alam, about PPV management allegedly withholding information from staff about at least four Covid-19 cases among their coworkers.
The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) subsequently confirmed that seven positive coronavirus cases were detected in SCCC PPV staff last July 11, saying that these were reported to the Health Ministry promptly.
“Following the standard operating procedure (SOP) outlined by the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR), PPVs are obliged to sanitise the affected area, ensure positive Covid-19 patients are isolated and quarantined, as well as identify their close contacts and ensure these individuals are undergoing quarantine as well,” Khairy told a press briefing today.
“In two cases at IDCC and SCCC, we were able to expedite sanitisation and also to announce that there were positive cases there. So, that should be the guideline and framework going forward.”