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Aids Council urges govt to prioritise PLHIV group in COVID-19 immunisation programme

22/02/2021 10:21 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22  -- The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has urged the government to have guidelines in place that prioritised people with underlying conditions such as HIV to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Its president, Datuk Dr Christopher Lee said the immunisation programme was to ensure that herd immunity was built in the community to break the chain of COVID-19 infections and eventually end the pandemic.

“It is recommended that all persons with HIV be vaccinated irrespective of CD4 count in line with international guidelines. The vaccines are safe in persons with HIV as they are not live vaccines,” he said in a statement today. 

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in Malaysia under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, the council stood by the current national and international exemptions made by medical experts that ‘People Living with HIV’ (PLHIV) can safely get the COVID-19 vaccinations.

According to the statement, until further evidence shows otherwise, there should not be any discouragement for PLHIV to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as it had been shown that people with underlying medical illnesses including HIV, especially those with advanced HIV infection may be more susceptible to developing severe disease if infected.






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