[UPDATE] 204 Volunteers At IDCC Shah Alam PPV Test Positive For COVID-19

Khairy Jamaluddin said those who were at IDCC on 9 July from 4pm onwards are encouraged to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for at least 10 days.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with recently available information.

The Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) vaccination centre (PPV) in Shah Alam will be closed for one day today, 13 July

In a statement early this morning, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) said the PPV had to be closed as one of the workers on duty there tested positive for COVID-19.

"This immediate closure was done after the COVID-19 test result was obtained last night to enable sanitisation to be carried out," said CITF.

The task force also encouraged those who were at the vaccination centre in the past two weeks to be watchful of symptoms and to get tested if symptomatic.

However, in a press conference later this morning, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that 204 volunteers at the facility have tested positive

According to New Straits Times, Khairy said they were among 453 workers at the IDCC vaccination center instructed to undergo screening for the virus.

"I ordered mass COVID-19 screening on staff at IDCC as soon as we received a report that two volunteers tested positive there. This test was conducted on 10 July, involving all staff," he was quoted as saying by the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) on Twitter.

"RT-PCR results have shown that the cases who were positive have cycle thresholds (CT) more than 35, which means they have low viral load. The likelihood of them infecting others is low based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines."

He also informed that out of the 453 workers, 88% or 400 of them have been vaccinated.

He added that those who were at IDCC on 9 July from 4pm onwards should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for at least 10 days.

The PPV is still slated to reopen tomorrow, 14 July, once sanitisation of the facility has been completed

Khairy said all those who tested positive have been isolated and a new team of workers will man the PPV tomorrow.

He also called on the public to attend their appointments at IDCC as usual while complying to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and physical distancing at all times.

"Please come according to the time given and go home immediately after the vaccination," he said.

The CITF added that those scheduled to get vaccinated at IDCC today will be given new appointments as soon as possible.

Those who require more details are advised to call +603-88934303.

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