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AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 : Here Are The Details!

AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 : Here Are The Details!

Round 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme has just been announced, and here are the latest details!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 : Here Are The Details!

The National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, just announced that round 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme will kick off on 23 May 2021.

This second round will be available FIRST to people 60 years or older in SelangorKuala Lumpur, Penang, Sarawak and Johor, because these states have the highest cases.

The government will also send AstraZeneca vaccine doses to elderly care homes.

You will be able to book via the VaksinCOVID website, like the first round, as well as at community clinics.

However, those who were on the waiting list of Round 1 will still get appointments in Round 2.

And doses not taken up by senior citizens after 26 May 2021, will be open to those below 60 years of age.

They earlier announced that Malaysia will receive ONE MILLION DOSES this month through COVAX, so sign up when you get the chance!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Is It Safe To Get?

Many people are worried about the risk of getting blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fact is – the risk is incredibly small – certainly much, MUCH smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?

We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.

Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine In Malaysia : Is It Safe To Get?
Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?

 

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Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

Recently, CIVDAC went viral with their claims on social media that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

Find out why it has gone viral, and what the FACTS currently are!

 

CIVDAC : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19!

CIVDAC – COALITION on INTEGRITY of VACCINES & DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19 – recently went viral when they shared a statement on social media claiming that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

Take a look at what people have been sharing on WhatsApp and Facebook, or scroll down to a fact check of their claims.

11 May 2021

Media Statement on Life-Saving IVERMECTIN against Covid-19

By COALITION on INTEGRITY of VACCINES & DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19 (CIVDAC)
–          Dato’ Nadzim Johan, Chairman of CIVDAC
–          Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato’ Mohd Arshad Raji, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (PATRIOT)
–          Dr Abd Kadir Warsi Mohamed, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM)
–          Retired Commissioner of Police Dato’ Shabudin Abdul Wahab, Covid Research Centre (Asian Heritage Museum Group)
–          Tunku Azwil Tunku Abd Razak, Gabungan NGO Islam (GNI)

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, President of the Senate, for his full support, based on SCIENCE & DATA, on the use of well-proven Asian Wonder Drug called IVERMECTIN, both as a treatment for all Covid-19 patients and for the public to use it for prophylaxis against Covid-19, as outlined in the Open Letter dated 9 May 2021, to the Director General of Health, Malaysia, by Captain (Rtd) Dr Wong Ang Peng of PATRIOT.

IVERMECTIN was discovered in 1975 by Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura who won a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015. It has been used Safely and Successful for over 40 years with 4 billion people, mostly in the Third World, for all kinds of tropical diseases. It has been proven, based on SCIENCE & DATA, to be Super-Effective, Super-Safe, Super-Cheap & Super Easy-to-Administer (oral tablet) against all mutated variants of Covid-19.

There is No need for anyone to die from Covid-19, if only he/she is given IVERMECTIN. All the deaths from Covid-19 in Malaysia and around the world could have been avoided if all Covid-19 patients were given IVERMECTIN from the onset of their illness.

This is the clear message, based on SCIENCE & DATA, from independent and renowned world-class Covid-19 experts such as Dr Pierre Kory & Dr Paul Marik from US-based Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care (FLCCC) Alliance, Dr Tess Lawrie and Dr Andrew Hill,. They have no vested interest whatsoever and are only concerned about saving lives and ending the pandemic in a sustainable manner.

 

Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

Back in January 2021, we had already fact-checked claims that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

At that time, there was a small promising study that showed Ivermectin may reduce the severity of COVID-19, but not cure or prevent it.

However, nothing much has changed since then. There has been no large scale study that proves that Ivermectin can cure, or prevent COVID-19.

Let’s debunk CIVDAC’s preposterous claims about Ivermectin :

Fact #1 : mRNA Vaccines Are Not Gene Therapy

The mRNA vaccine technology used in the Pfizer mRNA vaccine is NOT gene therapy.

Because it uses mRNA which doesn’t even enter the cell nucleus, it does not change our genes. It is certainly not gene therapy as CIVDAC claims.

So it is hilarious to see them quote a MedlinePlus article on gene therapy, when it is not even relevant.

Fact #2 : mRNA Vaccines Have Been Proven To Prevent COVID-19

It is false to claim that mRNA vaccines “cannot prevent COVID-19 infection”.

Phase 3 clinical trials of both mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have shown that they are 94-95% efficacious against symptomatic COVID-19.

You can download and read their FDA briefing documents here :

Fact #3 : No Evidence Ivermectin Works Against COVID-19

It is also false to claim that Ivermectin works against COVID-19, much less that it works better than mRNA vaccines.

While mRNA vaccines have been proven in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people, ivermectin has not been proven in the same way.

In fact, the evidence (as you will see below) is mixed. And the dosage required for a therapeutic effect may be so high, it could be toxic to humans.

Fact #4 : No Court Order Case Recovered From COVID-19 Using Ivermectin

CIVDAC claimed that there are numerous cases where families of critically-ill COVID-19 patients got court orders to administer ivermectin and “in all these cases, the patients recovered fully“.

The most notable case in the US involved Nurije Fype whose daughter Desareta sued Elmhurst Hospital to administer ivermectin. She finally received a court order to have a doctor administer ivermectin every day from 3 May 2021 onwards.

After 13 days of ivermectin treatment, her daughter reported on 17 May 2021 that she is still “recovering”. That certainly does not sound like she has fully recovered from COVID-19 using ivermectin.

A South African court order also forced the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to allow the use of Ivermectin against COVID-19.

However, there is no evidence that the use of ivermectin in South Africa through this court order resulted in a full recovery from COVID-19.

 

What Do Health Authorities Say About Ivermectin Against COVID-19?

WHO On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 31 March 2021, the WHO posted an advisory on Ivermectin, recommending that it be only used in clinical trials.

An independent, international panel of experts reviewed pooled data from 16 randomised controlled trials, and determined that the evidence on whether ivermectin reduced death and hospitalisation is of “very low certainty“.

Therefore, the panel cannot recommend the use of Ivermectin outside of clinical trials.

NIH On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

The US NIH looked at using Ivermectin against COVID-19, noting that it was shown to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures.

However, they also pointed out that the plasma concentrations needed to inhibit the virus would require doses up to 100X higher than those approved for use in humans!

Therefore, the NIH says that there is insufficient data to recommend for the use of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.

FDA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 5 March 2021, the US FDA warned against taking Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, after receiving “multiple reports of patients who… had been hospitalised after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses“.

They pointed out that ivermectin can interfere with other medications like blood thinners, and an overdose can cause medical problems, even coma and death.

They also warned people that ivermectin meant for animals are highly concentrated and have vastly different doses than those meant for humans. Taking them can put your lives at risk.

EMA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 22 March 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) advised against the use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 outside of randomised clinical trials.

They pointed out that the clinical studies of ivermectin so far were varied, with “some studies showing no benefit and others reporting a potential benefit”.

They also pointed out that for concentrations of ivermectin to be effective in the lungs, much higher doses than authorised would be needed. Hence, toxicity at such doses cannot be excluded.

KKM On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 16 May 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) issued a response to claims that Ivermectin can prevent COVID-19 deaths.

They pointed out that a January 2021 placebo-controlled randomised trial involving 24 non-severe COVID-19 patients did not show any reduction in the proportion of PCR positivity after 7 days of taking 400 mcg/kg of Ivermectin per day.

They also shared that in March 2021, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) published a randomised-controlled trial involving 476 adults with mild COVID-19 who were given a 5-day course of Ivermectin. There was no significant improvement in symptom resolution time.

They have initiated a randomised clinical trial (NMRR-21-155-58433) of their own to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ivermectin in high-risk COVID-19 patients.

But until then, KKM is “not yet able to endorse Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 illness”.

 

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WTCKL Vaccination Centre : A Video + Pictorial Guide!

The WTCKL vaccination centre was just tripled to serve 8,100 people per day, but it can be chaotic because of the crowd!

Here is a video and pictorial guide on what to expect, and what to do, at the WTCKL vaccination centre.

If you are headed to the Universiti Malaya vaccination centre, check Melissa and Denise Leong’s video guide!

If you are headed to the UKM Bangi vaccination centre, be sure to check Sharmine Ishak’s experience too!

 

WTCKL Vaccination Centre : A Video Guide!

The AstraZeneca vaccination centre at WTCKL originally only had the capacity to serve 2,400 people per day.

That vaccination capacity has been more than tripled to 8,100 people, starting Saturday, 15 May 2021.

To cater for the expanded capacity, they introduced a new process, so please follow this video guide so you know how to get around in the WTCKL vaccination centre!

 

Check MySejahtera For Your Station At WTCKL!

There are THREE (3) stations (think of them as processing lines) at WTCKL. The video used Station 1 as an example.

The video does not mention this, but your Station number is already assigned in your MySejahtera vaccination appointment.

Please follow the station number that is assigned to you in MySejahtera. If you are assigned Station 1, then enter through Station 1.

 

New WTCKL Vaccination Centre : A Pictorial Guide

The WTCKL vaccination centre will begin operation at 9 AM, and administer the last shot by 8:30 PM.

It is very well-managed inside, but it can be really chaotic outside, because it looks like they fail to cater to possibility that people would come early and crowd outside!

So here is a pictorial guide on what to expect when you get there.

Before You Leave

Before you leave, please bring any medication you may want to ask the doctor about, as well as a pen and if possible, something stiff to write on.

It can be really hot and humid in the afternoon, so please bring some water too in case you need to queue up.

And obviously, please wear a FACE MASK! 😀

Getting There + Parking!

If you are getting there, you can look for WTCKL or PWTC in Google Maps or Waze. Some of the signboards have not been updated, and will still show PWTC.

There is ample parking at the WTCKL, but you will find people parking along the road, so slow down because there are people walking on the road, or they may just open their doors…

If you are concerned about the parking costs, it’s RM 4 for the first hour, and RM 2 per hour subsequently. If your appointment is after 5 PM, then you only pay a flat rate of RM 5.

Some find this parking rate expensive, but seriously – the vaccination is FREE, and it’s the monsoon season, so I recommend that you park indoors!

They sealed the staircases and elevators, so you have to walk out of the parking lot to head to the main entrance.

I’m sure there is at least one lift for the disabled, but I didn’t locate it.

Where To Go?

When you reach the main entrance of WTCKL, you could see a huge crowd of people just waiting around.

DO NOT WAIT there with them!

Senior citizens and adults with disabilities should head straight for the entrance, or the contingent of police and RELA officers, to get priority entry.

Everyone else should head to the RIGHT of the main entrance and QUEUE UP.

Unfortunately, there are no signs or lane dividers. Counterintuitively, the Station (processing lane) queues are in reverse order!

This was the order on the first day, which could change, so please ask the police or RELA officer there.

They will also tell you which time slot is now queueing up. If you are NOT in the time slot, then you cannot queue up yet.

Once your Station and time slot is called, your line will move forward to the main entrance.

Here, volunteers will check to make sure you have the right vaccination appointment – the right station and time slot, and check your temperature.

Inside, you will be corralled into an air-conditioned holding area in the hall just inside.

This appears to be the original queue area that they planned for, with proper physical distancing markers.

Volunteers will tell you when it’s your turn to move out of this area and queue up to be let in.

This time, the stations are arranged from left to right – Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3.

Once your station is called, you will be led to another holding area to sit for a short while.

This is where you have to use MySejahtera to scan the QR code to check-in.

After going up two flights of escalators, you will arrive at Dewan Merdeka.

Just outside, you will be asked to scan your forehead temperature again, and you can use the hand sanitiser under the scanner if you wish.

Inside Dewan Merdeka, you will line up according to your Station for your turn to receive three copies of your queue number and your consent forms.

After your queue number is called, you will be seated in this area, where you will have some time to fill in the consent forms.

Please DO NOT SIGN them yet. You will only sign them after the doctor has explained the risks and benefits, and you have the opportunity to ask your questions.

There is no table and the volunteers do not have many pens to pass out, so if possible, bring your own pen and something to write on.

The volunteers will call for each row to stand up and head to the next hall. Just follow the line until you reach the end.

Here, a volunteer will let small groups of people in to seat in this waiting area, before you are individually assigned a station to register for your vaccination.

At the registration counter, you will use MySejahtera to scan the QR code to ascertain that you are now registering for your COVID-19 vaccination.

The volunteer will also check your MyKad / passport and key it into the system.

You will be assigned to a station with a doctor, who will explain to your group the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination.

This is where you can ask him/her any questions about the vaccine, your health or any medication you may be taking.

The doctor will also point out that you can continue with your daily life without any restrictions after your vaccination, and that you can report any symptoms you may experience in the MySejahtera app.

After all your doubts are cleared, you may sign your consent forms, and he will stamp and sign them too.

You will then be seated in this adjoining area to wait for your vaccination.

The volunteers will call up your queue number, and assign you to a vaccination room.

Each vaccination room has two vaccination stations. They may look intimidating in their PPE, but they are very friendly, so don’t be shy and say hi!

If you wish, you can ask to take a look at the vial to make sure you are getting the right vaccine. Heck, take a photo while you are at it!

To be frank, I didn’t even feel the needle! That’s because it’s a very small intramuscular needle.

Here is a tip if you are afraid of the pain, or anxious. Try to take pictures or selfies during the process. You won’t even notice the needle going in! 😀

It’s over before you know it, and on leaving the vaccination room, you will be asked to use MySejahtera to scan the QR code just outside to confirm that you just received your vaccination.

Then head for the exit which will bring you to this observation area below.

Hand over your consent forms to the volunteers there, and have a seat!

After about 15 minutes, they will call your queue number, and give you one copy of your consent form, with your physical vaccination card stapled to it.

You will then be asked to listen to a recorded message informing you that your next dose will be given 8-12 weeks later.

After that, you are free to leave! But don’t forget to take a photo just outside and share it with your family and friends!

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Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Should you take painkillers BEFORE or AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination?

Or is it true that painkillers can KILL YOU if you take it with your COVID-19 vaccine???

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination + Painkillers : What’s Going On?

Some people have been taking painkillers BEFORE getting their COVID-19 vaccine, to reduce the injection pain and side effects like fever and muscle ache.

On the other hand, other people are saying that painkillers are dangerous if taken after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Recently, an Indian doctor died after being injected with a painkiller, after she received her first dose of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine.

So is it safe to take painkillers before or after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

 

Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Here is the short TLDR answer :

You should NOT take painkillers BEFORE your COVID-19 vaccination, and if possible, try not to take painkillers after vaccination either.

However, if you feel really uncomfortable, you can take over-the-counter painkillers (preferably acetaminophen / paracetamol) with your doctor’s advice.

For those who wish to learn more about painkillers and COVID-19 vaccination, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Fever + Muscle Pain From COVID-19 Vaccine Only Last A Few Days

Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking that there is a real infection, triggering an immune response that causes “side effects” like injection site pain, fever and muscle aches.

These side effects are really your body’s natural immune response to any infection, and are therefore welcome signs that the vaccines are doing their jobs.

They also last only a few days, generally subsiding within the first 1-2 days. If they persist after a few days, you should seek medical attention.

Fact #2 : CDC Advises Against Painkillers Before COVID-19 Vaccination

The US CDC recently updated its guidance on March 16, 2021, to :

  • avoid taking painkillers BEFORE getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • treat post-vaccination fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly
  • treat pain and discomfort with a cool and wet washcloth, and using or exercising the arm
  • take over-the-counter painkillers after COVID-19 vaccination, with your doctor’s advice

Fact #3 : Painkillers Could Dampen COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Research have shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NDAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.

According to Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, the division chief of infectious diseases at the University of Utah Health :

“It is not recommended to take a pain reliever before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, as it may theoretically reduce your immune response to the vaccines.”

For maximum efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should try to avoid taking any painkiller for the fever or muscle ache.

But you should not worry too much about the reduction in vaccine efficacy either. If you are feeling under the weather, it is fine to take over-the-counter painkillers with your doctor’s advice.

Fact #4 : Acetaminophen / Paracetamol Could Work Better

The CDC says that OTC painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin and antihistamines are safe to take after getting vaccinated.

If you want to be extra cautious, take acetaminophen or paracetamol – which are commonly known as Tylenol or Panadol or PCM.

Acetaminophen is the better choice, because it works differently from NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which a study on mice has suggested that it might lower production of antibodies.

The CDC itself recommends that pregnant women use acetaminophen (paracetamol) to treat post-vaccination fever.

Fact #5 : The Doctor Died From Anaphylactic Shock

The tragic death of Dr. Hari Harini was due to anaphylactic shock, likely from the painkiller – Diclofenac sodium, that her husband administered just hours before.

However, this incident has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine she received, because :

  • severe anaphylaxis is a known, if rare, adverse reaction of Diclofenac sodium,
  • she started vomiting and fell unconscious within hours of receiving the injection.
  • the incident occurred a month after she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The evidence therefore suggests that her death was due to the painkiller itself, and not the vaccine.

Recommended : Did This Doctor Die From Painkiller After COVID Vaccination?

 

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Can Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Cause Prion / Alzheimer’s Disease?

Can the Pfizer mRNA vaccine cause prion and neurological diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s disease, as the Classen study claims?

Find out what the Classen study is all about, and whether the Pfizer mRNA vaccine can really cause prion diseases!

 

Classen Study : Pfizer Vaccine Can Potentially Induce Prion Disease

The journal Microbiology & Infectious Diseases just published a “research article” by J. Bart Classen, MD of Classen Immunotherapies.

This paper claims to have found that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine could potentially induce prion disease that would lead to the development of common neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s disease.

SHOCK! HORROR! OMG!

Now, take a minute to let the shock and horror subside, before you read on and find out what the facts really are…

 

Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Does NOT Cause Prion / Alzheimer’s Disease!

Here is the short version – there is no evidence that mRNA vaccines cause prion or neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s or ALS.

The truth is – the Classen study is not even a “study”, much less a research paper. It is just a 2.5-page opinion piece that makes a lot of bombastic claims, with ZERO evidence to back them up.

Unsurprisingly, it is only published in Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. Sounds impressive, but it is “not a reputable or reliable journal“, as Georgetown University virologist, Dr. Angela Rasmussen notes.

Dr. David Gorski, professor of surgery and oncology at Wayne State University concurred, pointing out that Microbiology & Infectious Diseases is listed is the Beall’s list of predatory publishers, and is not even indexed in PubMed.

But let’s go through J. Bart Classen’ claims, and find out what the facts really are…

Fact #1 : Prion Diseases Are Transmissible Misfolded Proteins

Prion diseases are transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) – brain disorders caused by prion proteins.

These are basically misfolded proteins that causes other proteins to fold themselves into the same shape.

Think of the prion protein as Agent Smith in Matrix Revolution, turning everyone he touches into a clone of himself.

Most people will have heard of Mad Cow Disease – Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), and you may have heard of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Kuru. These are all prion diseases.

Fact #2 : The Spike Protein Is From The SARS-CoV-2 Virus

The spike protein is both the “uniform” and the “weapon” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The crown (corona) of protein spikes is what gives the virus family its distinctive appearance and name – coronavirus, and it is how the virus attaches to our cells and gains entry.

If the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein truly has multiple binding areas that can create prion proteins, then the virus itself would actually cause prion diseases!

As of 8 May 2021, there have been over 161 million cases of COVID-19 globally, with over 3.34 million deaths.

There have been ZERO cases of prion diseases associated with COVID-19 infections.

Recommended : Did Salk Institute Prove Covid-19 Vaccines Cause Blood Clots?

Fact #3 : Many COVID-19 Vaccines Use The Spike Protein

It is odd that Classen would focus on RNA-based vaccines, particularly Pfizer. After all, many other COVID-19 vaccines also target the spike protein.

As I pointed out in my earlier article, many COVID-19 vaccines are designed to specifically target the spike protein because :

  • it is the defining feature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • antibodies targeting it will block the virus from binding with our cells

If Classen is correct that the spike protein induces prion disease, then it would be true of ALL vaccines that mimic the spike protein.

Yet, after over 680 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered (as of 13 May 2021), there have been ZERO reports of prion disease associated with any COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #4 : RNA Binding Protein Is Not RNA / mRNA

Classen used this 2012 study to push the narrative that RNA binding proteins have been “shown” to cause “a number of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and ALS”, specifically TDP-43 and FUS.

The trouble is the study he used did not actually prove that those RNA binding proteins cause prion disease, much less Alzheimer’s disease or ALS or any other neurological disorders.

The study merely used an algorithm to “scour the human genome” to identify “RNA-binding prion candidates” for further investigations.

More importantly though – the study he referred to identified RNA binding proteins with prion-like domains, not RNA and certainly not mRNA  which is used in … tada… mRNA vaccines.

That is like saying that since some dog breeds are potentially dangerous, cats and hamsters are therefore also potentially dangerous. Really???

Fact #5 : mRNA Vaccines Do NOT Enter Our Cell Nucleus

I have pointed this out many times before – the mRNA instructions in the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines do NOT enter the cell nucleus (where our DNA resides).

They are only read and used by the cell ribosomes in the cytoplasm (outside of the nucleus) to create the spike proteins, before being discarded.

This point is important because the two RNA binding proteins that Classen kept pointing out either predominantly exists in the nucleus (TDP-43) or can only be found inside the nucleus (FUS).

How is it possible for mRNA or the spike protein it creates interact with TDP-43 or FUS inside the cell nucleus, if they never enter the “locked room” that is the cell nucleus?

Fact #6 : Vaccine Spike Protein Do NOT Bind With ACE2 Receptor

After our cell ribosomes create the spike proteins, they are presented on the cell surface, to trigger the immune system.

These faux spike proteins do NOT bind with the ACE2 receptor, since they are actually part of the same cell surface as the ACE2 receptor.

Only the spike protein of a real SARS-CoV-2 virus will actually bind with the ACE2 receptor, in order to infect the cell.

Credit : The Conversation

Fact #7 : No Evidence Zinc Causes TDP-43 To Go Prion

There is simply no evidence that a zinc ion turns on TDP-43’s “pathologic prion transformation”.

Plus, zinc ions exist in all our cells – it is critical for cell division and growth, and our immune system.

These zinc ions would have turned on TDP-43’s prion tendencies long before any SARS-CoV-2 spike protein comes close to the ACE2 receptor!

Fact #8 : ACE2 Receptor Is On The Cell Surface…

As Dr. David Gorski brilliantly points out, the ACE2 receptor is on the cell surface, while the TDP-43 exists in the cell nucleus.

Think of the ACE2 receptor as the door to your house, and the TDP-43 is inside your locked bedroom. How does the zinc ion fly from the main door up the stairs, through the locked door into your bedroom?

By magic? Unfortunately, Classen did not elaborate how this miracle was achieved.

 

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When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

WHEN should you get vaccinated, after recovering from a COVID-19 infection?

The answers will surprise you! Please READ + SHARE!

 

Should You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

Those who recover from a COVID-19 infection usually gain significant protection from further infections, but that protection isn’t foolproof or long-lasting.

Hence, it is recommended that those who recover from COVID-19 should still get vaccinated, to ensure lasting protection.

But WHEN exactly can you get vaccinated against COVID-19?

 

When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

You would be surprised about when you can actually get vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19 infection.

Completed Recovered From COVID-19 Infection

The truth is you can get vaccinated as soon as you have completely recovered from an COVID-19 infection!

According to the US CDC, you have to wait until you have recovered from COVID-19 and no longer need to be isolated, before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

This guidance also applies to those who got infected with COVID-19 before getting their second dose of the vaccine.

COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies / Convalescent Plasma

There is only one exception – people who received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of their COVID-19 treatment.

They should only get vaccinated after at least 90 days, to prevent those passive antibodies from interfering with the vaccine-induced immune response.

Non-COVID-19 Antibody Therapies

People who received antibody therapies that are NOT specific to COVID-19 – intravenous immunoglobulin, RhoGAM, etc. – can get vaccinated as soon as they have fully recovered from their COVID-19 infection.

Antiviral Therapies

People who received antiviral drugs like Remdesivir during the treatment of COVID-19 can get vaccinated as soon as they have fully recovered from their COVID-19 infection.

 

Why Do Some Countries Recommend Waiting 90 Days?

Some countries recommend waiting 90 days, or even longer, before you get vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19.

This is partly done out of an abundance of caution, because the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in people who fully recovered from COVID-19 have not been fully investigated.

This is also partly because supply of vaccines are extremely limited in those countries, and should be prioritised to protect people who have not been infected yet.

Dr. Kate O’Brien (Director of WHO Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals) explains that in this short video.

It makes sense to delay vaccination for those who have recovered from COVID-19, as they would have significant protective antibodies for the next 6 months.

Even so, natural immunity from a COVID-19 infection will wane over time, and people who recovered from COVID-19 can get reinfected.

So it is still important to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Please register for your COVID-19 vaccination. It may be delayed, but you will get it eventually.

 

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Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Did Not Die Of COVID-19!

The rumours claiming that Kossan Managing Director and CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, died of COVID-19 are false.

Find out what has gone viral recently, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Died Of COVID-19!

This viral message has been circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook for 2-3 days now, claiming that Kossan Managing Director and CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kuang Sia, just died from COVID-19.

Kossan Rubber MD, Mr Lim Kwang Sa, aged 72 die of covid 19.Admitted to hospital last Sat and depart today .Kena super spreader variant covid

As regards TS Lim’s 3rd brother’s death { Kossan’s boss), this group from Pulau Ketam went for a dinner at Sekinjang n this was how it happened. A few of them are still in ICU. Just for your info. So, be extra careful n stay safe.

He was very healthy n strong but passed away due to covid.

3days fever
4th day had difficulty of breathing admitted to ICU.
5th day passed away.

He went to test for covid 2 times test negative.
3rd test positive but already had difficulty breathing n passed away next day.

20people or more in that trip contracted covid.

Some even posted pictures they claimed were of his newspaper obituaries.

 

Fact : Kossan CEO, Lim Kuang Sia, Did Not Die Of COVID-19!

The truth is – Kossan MD and CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kuang Sia is still alive and well.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Kossan CEO + MD Is Alive

As the Managing Director and CEO of Kossan Rubber Industries – one of the big four glove makers in Malaysia, his demise would have been big news.

Yet, no mainstream media posted the news of his death. Neither did Kossan Rubber Industries inform Bursa Malaysia or their shareholders of his passing.

The truth is – he is alive and well.

Fact #2 : It Was His Brother Who Died

The pictures of the newspaper obituaries are true, but they were not of Lim Kuang Sia, but his 75 year-old third brother – Lim Kuan Hwa, who passed away on 9 May 2021.

Fact #3 : Kossan Confirmed It

Kossan issued this clarification :

FYI, there is a message going around on the departure of of Kossan Rubber MD. This is fake news … the truth is the MD’s third brother Mr Lim Kuan Hwa passed away on May 9. Please disseminate. Thank you.

So there you have it – this is yet another fake story circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook.

 

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1.28 Million Sinovac Vaccine Doses Ready For Distribution!

1.28 million doses of Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine bottled by Pharmaniaga is now ready for distribution!

Here are the latest details…

 

1.28 Million Sinovac Vaccine Doses Ready For Distribution!

Finally, 73 days after Pharmaniaga received 200 litres of the bulk CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac, the 1.28 million doses they bottled are ready for distribution!

Each single-use vial was bottled in four batches over five days, under NPRA’s scrutiny at the Pharmaniaga LifeScience factory in Puchong, Selangor.

17 quality control tests were conducted after the bottling process for 14 hours a day, before these vaccine doses were approved.

As of yesterday, a total of 1,284,147 doses – enough for about 642,000 people – are ready to be distributed across Malaysia.

Pharmaniaga said that they have the capacity to bottle up to two million doses per month.

 

Pharmaniaga Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

Sinovac CoronaVac an inactivated virus vaccine made from actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and killed using β-propiolactone.

Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system.

Pharmaniaga LifeScience imported 200 litres of the CoronaVac bulk vaccine, which arrived on 27 February 2021.

Once bottled, those 200 litres of bulk vaccine should produce over 300,000 CoronaVac doses – enough to vaccinate approximately 150,000 people.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the government is paying Sinovac less for the vaccine because bottling is done by Pharmaniaga.

However, he declined to disclose more information, so it is unknown how much the government is saving, once the costs of Pharmaniaga’s bottling and distribution are included.

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Sarawak Says No To MCO 3.0, With Some Changes!

Sarawak just announced that they are saying no to MCO 3.0. However, they will implement some stricter changes to their CMCO SOP.

Here are the latest details…

 

Sarawak Says No To MCO 3.0, With Some Changes!

On 11 May 2021, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (DMC) announced that they decided NOT to adopt the newly-announced nationwide MCO 3.0 restrictions.

Instead, they will continue with the existing CMCO restrictions, that will last from 7 May to 17 May 2021.

They will instead tighten their CMCO SOP, with these changes, from 12 May 2021 onwards  :

  • Dine-in at restaurants, cafes, bistros, food stalls and so on is FORBIDDEN.
  • Sale and supply of food and drinks are only allowed for takeaway, drive-through and delivery only.
  • Premises identified by the new Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system must undertake safety measures.

A more detailed SOP will be released on the Sarawak National Security Council website.

 

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Did Salk Institute Prove Covid-19 Vaccines Cause Blood Clots?

Did researchers from the Salk Institute just prove that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to cause deadly blood clots?

Find out what new lies Mike Adams from Natural News just posted, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Salk Institute Prove Covid-19 Vaccines Cause Blood Clots?

Mike Adams from NaturalNews is at it again, crafting new lies using the same scientific studies that he abhors so much. Hypocrisy much?

Here is a new piece of fake news trash that Mike just put up on Natural News, and people are sharing on social media as if it’s true.

BOMBSHELL Salk Institute science paper reveals the covid spike protein is what’s causing deadly blood clots… and it’s in all the covid vaccines (by design)…

Well-documented article reveals the shocking truth that covid vaccines are DESIGNED to cause widespread injury and death!

The prestigious Salk Institute, founded by vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, has authored and published a bombshell scientific article revealing that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is what’s actually causing vascular damage in covid patients and covid vaccine recipients, promoting the strokes, heart attacks, migraines, blood clots and other harmful reactions that have already killed thousands of Americans (source: VAERS.hhs.gov).

Critically, all four covid vaccine brands currently in widespread use either inject patients with the spike protein or, via mRNA technology, instruct the patient’s own body to manufacture spike proteins and release them into their own blood. This floods the patient’s body with the very spike protein that the Salk Institute has now identified as the smoking gun cause of vascular damage and related events (such as blood clots, which are killing many people who take the vaccines).

Put simply, it means the vaccines were designed to contain the very element that’s killing people.

 

NO. Salk Institute Did NOT Even Say Covid-19 Vaccines Cause Blood Clots!

Mike Adams and Natural News are infamous for writing fake stories, designed to scare people.

Why? So you will share his posts and he makes money from advertisements and selling you fake cures.

This is yet another FAKE STORY written by Mike to scare you, and here are the FACTS!

Fact #1 : SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Is A Defining Feature

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to specifically target the spike protein (S protein) because :

  • it is the defining feature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • antibodies targeting it will block the virus from binding with our cells

The spike protein is both the “uniform” and the “weapon” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Think of it as the German spiked helmet of World War I – the Pickelhaube. It is distinctive, and the spike can even be used as a weapon!

After your immune system is trained by the vaccines, it can immediately identify the real SARS-CoV-2 virus by its spike protein.

This allows it to quickly produce antibodies that bind with the spike protein, and blocking the real virus from attacking your cells!

Fact #2 : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Release Spike Proteins Into Blood

This is an outright lie by Mike Adams, and he knows it. Anyone who read the news (never mind press releases!) on mRNA vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna know that :

  • they teach our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins.
  • these spike proteins are then expressed (presented) on the surface of those cells

These spike proteins are NOT released in our blood, as Mike falsely claimed.

Fact #3 : Salk Institute Did Not Even Look At COVID-19 Vaccines!

The Salk Institute press release, which you can read in its entirety here, did not even mention COVID-19 vaccines, much less looked at whether they cause blood clots.

So how did COVID-19 vaccines get mentioned? Mike Adams added that in himself.

Fact #4 : Study Proved That COVID-19 Is A Vascular Disease

The study, which was published in Circulation Research on 30 April 2021, showed that “COVID-19 is a vascular disease“.

The co-senior author of the paper, Assistant Research Professor Uri Manor said, “A lot of people think of it as a respiratory disease, but it’s really a vascular disease. That could explain why some people have strokes, and why some people have issues in other parts of the body. The commonality between them is that they all have vascular underpinnings.

In other words, COVID-19 is more than just a “cold” or even a respiratory illness. It is also a vascular disease that can cause strokes and other problems.

Fact #5 : Study Showed That SARS-CoV-2 Spike Proteins Can Damage Cells

While scientists are not surprised the COVID-19 is a vascular disease, they did not know how the SARS-CoV-2 affects the vascular system.

So these researchers created a pseudovirus that is surrounded by the SARS-CoV-2 classic crown of spike proteins and tested it on an animal model, and in the lab.

They discovered that the spike proteins ALONE are sufficient to damage the cells when they bind to their ACE2 receptors.

This is where Mike jumps in and claims that the spike proteins in COVID-19 vaccines can therefore cause the same damage. We will show you why that is simply FALSE.

Fact #6 : Binding Of Spike Protein With ACE2 Receptors Causes Damage

This is the important part – the study showed that it is the act of the spike proteins binding to the ACE2 receptors that damages the cells!

This binding disrupted ACE2’s molecular signaling to mitochondria (organelles that generate energy for cells), causing the mitochondria to become damaged and fragmented.

That means the spike proteins by themselves do not damage the cells. They must bind with the cells’ ACE2 receptors – as a real SARS-CoV-2 virus would – to damage them.

Fact #7 : Vaccine Spike Proteins Do NOT Bind With ACE2 Receptors

The mere presence of spike proteins in COVID-19 vaccines alone cannot trigger cellular damage, because the binding must be activated by cellular proteases such as TMPRSS2 and Furin.

Think of TMPRSS2 and Furin as the hands that turn the key (spike protein) once it goes into the lock (ACE2 receptor). Without them, the key cannot unlock the door!

TMPRSS2 is primarily expressed by endothelial cells in our respiratory and digestive tracts. Furin is more common, but they are both not present in the cells of the skeletal muscle that the vaccines are injected into.

Even more importantly, skeletal muscle cells do not have the ACE2 receptor, which is abundant in :

  • lung alveolar epithelial cells
  • enterocytes of the small intestine
  • arterial and venous endothelial cells
  • arterial smooth muscle cells

That is why SARS-CoV-2 attacks our respiratory and vascular systems, not our muscles.

That is also why the protein spikes produced by COVID-19 vaccines will not damage our cells, or cause blood clots.

Fact #8 : Vaccine-Induced Blood Clots Are Rare

Mike falsely claimed that COVID-19 vaccines cause “strokes, heart attacks, migraines, blood clots and other harmful reactions that have already killed thousands of Americans”.

He claimed the US VAERS system as a source. That is the American version of the UK Yellow Card system – an open system in which anyone from anywhere can make any claim they want, without verification.

As we demonstrated with the Yellow Card system, you can pretty much post any story you want into these systems.

The truth is vaccine-induced blood clots are very, very rare. In fact, it has been established that only COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson can potentially cause VITT – Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia.

Even then, VITT is extremely rare, so rare that you are 219X more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection than get VITT from an AstraZeneca vaccine!

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Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

Fact #9 : VITT Is Not Caused By Spike Protein

As I noted in my earlier article on VITT, a pre-print study concluded that the antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 spike protein do NOT cross-react with platelet factor 4.

Therefore, it seems likely that the adenovirus vectors used in both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be the trigger for this reaction.

After all, other vaccines that target the same SARS-CoV-2 spike protein – like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – do not have this risk.

Fact #10 : Vaccines Are Designed To Save Lives

This is the most egregious lie by Mike Adams and Natural News.

Vaccines are not, and have never been, “designed to cause widespread injury and death”, as he claims.

Vaccines have been proven time and time again that they save lives, period. No ifs, no buts, no maybes.

We even have the evidence for the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in saving lives. Look at how drastically Israel cut down on COVID-19 cases by using vaccinations and lockdowns.

If COVID-19 vaccines kill or injure people, do you really think Israel would have continued vaccinating their people?

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

In yet another U-turn, the Malaysian government ordered kindergartens and childcare centres to close and within 24 hours, allowed them to open again in MCO areas!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

On 9 May 2021, the Ministry of Education issued a notice to all kindergartens, pre-schools, childcare centres, international schools in MCO areas, ordering to IMMEDIATELY cease operation until 6 June 2021.

Parents had to rush over to collect their children, because all those pre-school operators were asked to close right away.

The notice only affected private operators, as government childcare centres under the Welfare department were allowed to continue operating.

Then on 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that MCO restrictions across the nation, but also stated that kindergartens, daycare and childcare centres are ALLOWED to operate during MCO 3.0.

On kindergartens and childcare centres, the Malaysian government came into a full circle – two U turns in just over 24 hours. Remarkable.

 

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Sabah Sticks With CMCO, Sarawak May Follow Too!

Right after the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced MCO 3.0 restrictions will apply nationwide, Sabah said that they would stick with CMCO restrictions, and Sarawak may too.

Here are the latest updates!

 

Sabah Sticks With CMCO, Sarawak May Follow Too!

When the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced MCO 3.0 restrictions will apply nationwide, he also said that specific SOP for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will continue to be enforced.

However, it appears that Sabah is taking a step further, and Sarawak may follow suit.

The minister handling COVID-19 affairs for Sabah, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said that Sabah will stick to its current CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) SOPs.

Areas under Enhanced MCO like Felda Umar, Kalabakan, PPR Batu 2 Lorong Habib Abdul Rahman, PPR Batu 8 Jalan Apas of Tawau and Kompleks Abedon, will continue until their scheduled end dates.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (DMC) chairman Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said that they will decide whether to enforce the nationwide MCO tomorrow.

 

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Malaysia PM Declares NATIONWIDE MCO 3.0 Lockdown!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just declared the nationwide MCO 3.0 lockdown!

Here are the latest details and the SOP changes! Don’t forget to SHARE THIS OUT!

 

Malaysia PM Declares NATIONWIDE MCO 3.0 Lockdown!

After a steady drip, drip, drip of MCO lockdowns for various states and areas, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally gave up and announced a nationwide MCO 3.0 lockdown!

This decision came after exceeding 4,000 new COVID-19 cases daily for several days, and 1,700 deaths reported in total.

Malaysia Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, finally called it a national crisis. It’s about time!

The new nationwide MCO 3.0 lockdown, as well as the new SOP below, will apply from 12 May 2021 until 7 June 2021.

The existing ban on interstate and inter-district travel, as well as social activities, sports and education will apply from 10 May until 6 June 2021.

 

NATIONWIDE MCO 3.0 Lockdown : SOP Changes Across Malaysia

MKN also announced some SOP changes that will apply across Malaysia during this nationwide MCO 3.0.

  1. All economic sectors are ALLOWED to operate.
  2. All interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN, except for emergencies, healthcare, work, business, vaccination appointments, and long-distance couples.
  3. It is FORBIDDEN to hold any social gatherings, including feasts, weddings, engagements, prayer and tahlil ceremonies, dinner events, birthday celebrations as well as official government and private functions.
  4. All seminars, conferences and face-to-face meetings are FORBIDDEN.
  5. Marriage registrations and akad nikah ceremonies are permitted with the attendance and SOP to be determined by the state Islamic religious authorities (for Muslims) and the National Registration Department (for non-Muslims).
  6. All sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN, except for individual sporting and recreational activities in open spaces and physical distancing, like jogging, cycling and exercise.
  7. All educational institutions must CLOSE. Exceptions will be given to students undergoing international examinations.
  8. Childcare centres, kindergartens, nurseries and daycare centres are ALLOWED to operate, subject to the established SOP.
  9. The number of people in private vehicles, taxis and e-hailing rides is limited to THREE (3) PEOPLE ONLY, including the driver.
  10. The number of people in a vehicle carrying goods, or involved in economic / industrial activities is limited to the number allowed by the commercial vehicle licence.
  11. The number of people allowed in public transportation must comply with physical distancing, and the established SOP.
  12. Dine-in at restaurants and food stores in FORBIDDEN.
  13. Sale of food through drive-through and take-away and delivery are permitted.
  14. Employers are REQUIRED to initiate Work From Home (WFH) for management staff, with not more than 30% present at any one time.
  15. House-to-house visitation and grave visits are FORBIDDEN during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
  16. Aidifitri prayers in mosques are ALLOWED, with the congregation not exceeding :
    – 50 people for mosques and suraus that can accommodate more than 1,000 worshippers
    – 20 people for mosques that can accommodate less than 1,000 worshippers
    The same congregation limits apply to the daily obligatory prayers as well as Friday prayers.
  17. The operation of non-Muslim houses of worship will be similarly tightened.
  18. Specific SOP for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will continue to be enforced.

 

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Breaking : AZ Vaccination @ WTC (15-16 May) Rescheduled!

Just minutes ago, JKJAV announced that some 2,800 AstraZeneca vaccination appointments at WTC KL on 15-16 May will be rescheduled!

Here is what we know so far…

 

AZ Vaccination @ WTC (15-16 May) Rescheduled!

Just minutes ago, JKJAV – the Special Committee On COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced that a number of AstraZeneca vaccination appointments at WTC KL will be rescheduled.

This decision was taken to reduce overcrowding, as the number of daily COVID-19 cases has gone up.

There were 9,500 AstraZeneca vaccination appointments on each of those two days – a total of 19,000 people. To manage the crowd, they are reducing it to just 8,100 vaccination appointments per day.

To be clear – NOT ALL of the AstraZeneca vaccination appointments on those two dates will be rescheduled. Only some 2,800 people are affected.

AstraZeneca vaccination appointments on other dates at WTC are NOT affected.

AstraZeneca vaccination appointments at other vaccination centres are also NOT affected.

Those selected to be rescheduled will receive their new appointment dates from TOMORROW, 12 May 2021 onwards.

The new appointment dates will be from 17 to 23 May 2021.

 

JKJAV Announcement On AZ Vaccination Rescheduling @ WTC

This was the tweet by JKJAV on the AZ vaccination rescheduling at WTC for 15 and 16 May 2021.

 

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Vaccine Registration : Must Change Address In MySejahtera?

A warning to change your address in MySejahtera has gone viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Vaccine Registration : Must Change Address In MySejahtera?

A warning to change your address in MySejahtera has gone viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter over the past two days.

This is to share a potential error in vaccination registration using MySejahtera.

If your status is shown similar to the left screen without state and postcode info, your registration is not complete. Update your state and postcode and resubmit.

The correct status should be as shown on the right ,with state and postcode info.

Not only has this person’s post gone viral, it led to many netizens complaining that they were not informed of this requirement earlier, and criticising the Ministry of Health for being so stupid.

Note : We intentionally address the FALSE overlay to prevent this viral post from being further abused.

 

Vaccine Registration Change Of Address In MySejahtera : The Facts!

Here is the TLDR summary – the viral post above is incorrect and misleading. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : That Is A New MySejahtera Feature

The inclusion of an option to update your home address is a new MySejahtera feature.

It was probably introduced as part of Version 1.0.34, which was released on 24 April 2021.

Fact #2 : There Is A Separate Address Update Link

On the left is what you would see if you did not update your home address. On the right is what you will see after you update your home address.

What the post failed to point out is that you can update your home address using a separate link, just below the assessment details link – highlighted in red below.

Fact #3 : Only Use It To Change Your Address

When you first registered, you have already submitted your home address.

There is NO NEED to update your address if it’s still the same. You only need to change it if you are moving to a different location.

The feature allows you to change your address WITHOUT going through the assessment again.

But if you need to update your assessment – if you were recently diagnosed with a co-morbidity, for example – the assessment also includes the option to select your state and postcode.

This is an example of what you would see if you are changing the address for a dependent.

Previously, you would just search for your current address or use the GPS locator. Now, MySejahtera adds the option to key in your state and postcode. That’s the only difference.

Fact #4 : Dependents Can Have Different Addresses

You may not know this, but you can set your dependents with a different address from your own home address.

This allows you to manage the vaccine registrations of your dependents if they are living in a different location.

Fact #5 : Address Change Won’t Affect Your Queue Position

Changing your address won’t affect your position in the queue.

So don’t panic if you believed the viral post and changed your address. Your queue position remains safe.

Fact #6 : JKJAV Confirmed This

JKJAV – the Special Committee On COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – confirmed this in a tweet at 10:48 AM on 10 May 2021.

 

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Kluang In Johor Under MCO 3.0 Restrictions Too!

MKN just declared that the district of Kluang in Johor will also come under MCO 3.0 restrictions!

Here are the latest details!

 

Kluang In Johor Under MCO 3.0 Restrictions Too!

On 9 May 2021, MKN announced that the Kluang district in Johor will come under stricter MCO (PKP) measures from 11 May 2021 until 24 May 2021.

This decision was made after the Kluang district recorded 512 cases of COVID-19 out of 3,867 screening tests conducted by the Ministry of Health (KKM) from 4 May until 8 May 2021.

KKM also reported that there are four active COVID-19 clusters in Kluang, and that the district had a positivity rate of 13%, with increased incidences in various villages and housing estates.

Inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for these areas under MCO, except for emergencies or work purposes.

For those who need to apply to travel for emergencies, you need police permission. Please apply using this form.

Those travelling for work can use their employee’s pass, or employer’s letter to confirm that they need to travel for work.

 

MCO Restrictions For Kluang

The same MCO restrictions announced earlier for other areas in Johor would also apply to Kluang, like :

  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN, except for emergencies and work purposes.
  • Travel because of emergencies require police permission.
  • Travel for work requires worker’s pass or employer’s letter.
  • Schools are allowed to open, subject to risk analysis by the State Health Department.
  • Food premises, food trucks and food kiosks are only allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food can only be purchased to takeaway, through drive-through or delivered. NO DINE IN ALLOWED!
  • Grocers, convenience shops and pharmacies are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM, except on highways where they can operate 24 hours.
  • Clinics, hospitals and medical labs can operate as usual.
  • Daily markets, weekly markets, farmer’s market are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Ramadan bazaars are allowed to operate with strict SOP. It is up to the state to close them in MCO areas.
  • Economic activities are allowed in all MCO areas, with strict SOP.
  • Social activities are FORBIDDEN in all MCO areas – feasts, parties, weddings, receptions, anniversaries, etc.
  • Personal recreation – exercise and sports – is allowed, as long as there is no physical contact, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Spa, night club, pub activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaokes and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Places IDed By HIDE COVID-19 System To Close For 3 Days!

Malaysia has ordered that all places identified by the new HIDE COVID-19 analytics system must close for three days!

Here are the latest details!

 

HIDE COVID-19 System : What Is It?

The HIDE (Hotspot Identification For Dynamic Engagement) System uses Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict potential COVID-19 hotspots over a 7-day horizon.

To be clear, the list of places flagged by the HIDE system are NOT actual COVID-19 cluster locations.

Instead, they are the places that the HIDE system predicts COULD soon become COVID-19 cluster locations.

The HIDE system leverages MySejahtera check-ins, and other existing healthcare databases to make these predictions.

 

HIDE COVID-19 System : What Is It For?

By predicting potential COVID-19 hotpots, the HIDE system basically alerts businesses to either shut down, or quickly take precautions.

Now, premises flagged by the system do NOT need to shut down, unless required by enforcement authorities.

Instead, they are only advised to quickly undertake pre-emptive measures like :

  • Enhance gatekeeping (checking the risk status of MySejahtera check-ins, and deny individuals with ‘high risk’ status from entering);
  • Screen their workers for COVID-19, be it with RTK-Ag or RT-PCR tests; and
  • Enhance crowd control measures, especially areas with tight spaces, or that are prone to overcrowding.

By taking those measures, the risk of becoming a COVID-19 hotspot can be quickly lowered, and these premises will be taken off the HIDE list.

 

Places IDed By HIDE COVID-19 System To Close For 3 Days!

On 8 May 2021, Malaysia Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob announced that all places identified by the new HIDE COVID-19 system must immediately close for three days, from 9 May until 11 May 2021!

Here is the full list of places flagged by the HIDE system as potential COVID-19 hotspots over the next 7 days.

Kuala Lumpur

  • 1 MONT KIARA SHOPPING MALL
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1371 JLN BANGSAR
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1605 TMN SRI BINTANG
  • 99 SPEEDMART, TAMAN WANGSA UKAY
  • AEON ALPHA ANGLE SHOPPING CENTRE
  • AEON BIG DANAU KOTA
  • AEON BIG KEPONG
  • AEON BIG WANGSA MAJU
  • AEON MALL CHERAS SELATAN
  • AEON MAXVALU PRIME SUNWAY VELOCITY
  • AEON MAXVALU PRIME THE SPHERE, BANGSAR SOUTH
  • AEON MID VALLEY
  • BANGSAR SHOPPING CENTRE
  • BANGSAR VILLAGE 2
  • BANGUNAN CAHAYA SURIA
  • BAZAR AIDILFITRI LORONG TUANKU ABDUL RAHMAN
  • BAZARIA WANGSA MAJU
  • BENS INDEPENDENT GROCER, PUBLIKA
  • ENDAH PARADE SHOPPING COMPLEX
  • FAHRENHEIT88 MALL
  • FOOD REPUBLIC PAVILION KL
  • GUARDIAN KLCC
  • HONG LEONG BANK BERHAD HQ
  • INTERMARK MALL
  • JAKEL MALL KUALA LUMPUR
  • STESEN KTMB KL SENTRAL
  • KL EAST MALL
  • KL ECO CITY MALL
  • KNL MARKET SDN BHD 1ST FLOOR
  • PODIUM BLOCK (FABER TOWERS)
  • KOMPLEKS PERNIAGAAN & KOMUNITI BANDAR BARU SENTUL
  • LOTUS’S CHERAS
  • LOTUS’S KEPONG
  • LRT KLCC
  • LRT MASJID JAMEK
  • MASJID JAMEK KAMPONG BARU
  • MASJID SAIDINA ABU BAKAR AS SIDDIQ, BANGSAR
  • MAYBANK MID VALLEY CITY BRANCH
  • MELAWATI MALL
  • MENARA BUMIPUTRA COMMERCE
  • MID VALLEY MEGAMALL
  • MYTOWN SHOPPING CENTRE
  • BREM MALL
  • NSK TRADE CITY PEEL ROAD
  • NU SENTRAL SHOPPING CENTRE
  • PARKSON ELITE PAVILION LEVEL 3
  • PASAR BORONG KUALA LUMPUR
  • PAVILION ELITE MALL
  • PAVILION KUALA LUMPUR
  • PASAR PAGI JINJANG UTARA
  • PLAZA LOW YAT
  • PUBLIKA SHOPPING GALLERY
  • SELAYANG MALL
  • SETAPAK CENTRAL
  • KOMPLEKS SOGO 190 JALAN TAR
  • STESEN SENTRAL KUALA LUMPUR
  • SUNGEI WANG PLAZA
  • SUNWAY VELOCITY MALL
  • SUPER SEVEN TRADE CENTER
  • SURIA KLCC
  • TAMAN METROPOLITAN KEPONG
  • TAPAK PENJAJA PASAR PUDU
  • UNITED POINT COMMERCIAL
  • VIVA VENTURE
  • VG DESA PARK ARKADIA
  • WISMA COSWAY
  • ZON 2 SUAKASIH

Selangor

  • 1 UTAMA SHOPPING CENTRE
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 2460 TMN SRI MEWAH
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 2447 SUNSURIA FORUM
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1672 TMN BINTANG MAS
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1248 TMN DESA BAKTI
  • AEON BANDAR UTAMA
  • AEON BIG KLANG
  • AEON BIG TUN HUSSEIN ONN
  • AEON MALL RAWANG
  • AEON MALL TAMAN EQUINE
  • BAZAAR RAMADAN TAMAN PELANGI, SEMENYIH
  • BILLION SHOPPING CENTRE B B BANGI SDN BHD
  • CENTRAL I-CITY MALL
  • CHECKERS HYPERMARKET
  • CREWROOM SRI RAMPAI
  • THE STARLING, DAMANSARA UPTOWN
  • DATARAN PUCHONG PERMAI, PUCHONG
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET BANDAR KINRARA
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET BANTING
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET KLANG
  • GM KLANG WHOLESALE CITY
  • KOLEJ MATRIKULASI SELANGOR
  • LAMAN NIAGA KOMUNITI BANDAR BARU BANGI
  • LOTUS’S BANDAR BUKIT PUCHONG
  • LOTUS’S KLANG
  • LOTUS’S KUALA SELANGOR
  • LOTUS’S MUTIARA
  • LOTUS’S PUCHONG
  • LOTUS’S PUNCAK ALAM
  • LOTUS’S SELAYANG
  • LOTUS’S SEMENYIH
  • LOTUS’S SETIA ALAM
  • MAHA USAHA
  • MAIN PLACE MALL
  • KIPMALL KOTA WARISAN
  • MATAHARI MALL
  • MYDIN MART SEKSYEN 18 SHAH
  • ALAM MSA
  • NSK TRADE CITY SELAYANG
  • P.PENGILANG RAWANG CORPORATE INDUSTRIAL PARK
  • PADINI CONCEPT STORE SUNWAY PYRAMID
  • PANASONIC MANUFACTURING MALAYSIA BERHAD(SA2)
  • PARADIGM MALL PETALING JAYA
  • PARKSON ELITE 1 UTAMA
  • PASAR MODEN MBSJ SS15 PASAR PAGI
  • PASAR RAMADAN TAMAN PUTRA PERDANA
  • PROTON CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, SUBANG JAYA
  • PLAZA SHAH ALAM
  • RESTORAN JEJANTAS SG BULOH, ARAH SELATAN
  • SUBANG PARADE
  • SUNWAY PYRAMID
  • THE CURVE
  • THE MINES SHOPPING MALL
  • JAYA GROCER BUKIT JELUTONG
  • TROPICANA GARDENS MALL

Putrajaya

  • IOI CITY MALL]
  • LOTUS’S IOI CITY
  • BAZAR RAMADAN

Penang

  • QUEENSBAY MALL
  • GURNEY PARAGON MALL
  • LOTUS’S PENANG
  • AEON QUEENSBAY
  • TOSHIBA TEC MALAYSIA MANUFACTURING SDN BHD

Perak

  • ANW IPOH PARADE
  • DEWAN SERBAGUNA KAMPUNG BALUN SLIM RIVER
  • MYDIN PARIT BUNTAR PERAK PBH

Johor

  • AEON MALL BUKIT INDAH
  • ECONSAVE YONG PENG
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET PLENTON
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET TAMPOI
  • JOHOR BAHRU CITY SQUARE MALL
  • JOHOR PREMIUM OUTLETS
  • KSL CITY
  • PASARAYA PANDAN
  • THE MALL MID VALLEY SOUTHKEY

Melaka

  • AEON MALL BANDARAYA MELAKA

Negeri Sembilan

  • GIANT SUPERSTORE NILAI

Kelantan

  • KB MALL
  • LOTUS’S KOTA BHARU
  • LOTUS’S MERGONG

Sabah

  • CENTRE POINT SHOPPING MALL
  • SURIA SHOPPING MALL
  • KOMPLEKS KARAMUNSING

Sarawak

  • PLAZA MERDEKA SHOPPING CENTRE
  • THE SPRING BINTULU
  • THE SUMMER SHOPPING MALL
  • VIVACITY MEGAMALL KUCHING

 

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Malaysia : Travel + Activities Restricted NATIONWIDE!

Malaysia just announced that travel and certain social, educational and business activities will be restricted NATIONWIDE for 4 weeks!

Here are the latest details!

 

Malaysia : Travel + Activities Restricted NATIONWIDE!

Late at night on 8 May 2021, Malaysia Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob announced nationwide restrictions on travel and certain social, educational and business activities.

These restrictions will begin on Monday, 10 May 2021 and are scheduled to end on Sunday, 6 June 2021.

  • All interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN across Malaysia, except with police permission.
  • Social, educational and economic activities that involve gatherings or public crowding are FORBIDDEN.
  • Official, social and face-to-face activities by both government and private sectors are FORBIDDEN.

It is currently unclear what the Minister meant by social, educational and economic activities that involve gatherings or public crowding.

That statement seems overly loose and open-ended. Hopefully, the government will make it clear what that means very, very soon.

These restrictions also blur the lines between MCO, CMCO and RMCO. Effectively, there’s very little to differentiate them.

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Now Golf Is Banned Again!

Yet another MCO 3.0 U turn – within 24 hours, golf was allowed and then banned again!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Now Golf Is Banned Again!

On 6 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that all sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas, without their expressed permission.

This rule was to kick off today – 7 May 2021, but after being roundly criticised for decision, they walked back their decision halfway.

At 9:15 PM on 7 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) agreed to loosen the earlier restrictions on sports and exercise in MCO 3.0 areas.

While their statement did not explicitly mention golf, the Malaysian Golf Association confirmed with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) that golfing activities are permitted to resume on 8 May 2021.

However, on 8 May 2021, the same Ministry of Youth and Sports directed that golfing activities in all MCO districts be suspended from 9 May 2021 until further notice.

Even though players are not allowed on the green, routine golf maintenance activities may be undertaken, provided that at any one time, no more than 30% of the total course and maintenance staff are present.

 

MCO 3.0 : What Areas Does The Golf Ban Apply?

The newly-reinstated golf ban applies to ALL areas under MCO restrictions :

Selangor6 May 2021 until 17 May 2021

  • Hulu Langat : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Hulu Semenyih, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  • Petaling
    – Bukit Raja
    – Sungai Buloh : Subang, Bandar Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Sri Damansara, Merbau Sempak
    – Damansara : Subang Jaya, Pekan Hicom, Bandar Sunway, Bandar Petaling Jaya, Kayu Ara, Bandar Glenmarie, Bandar Saujana, Shah Alam, Batu Tiga, Country Height
    – Petaling : Puchong, Kinrara, Sungai Besi, Serdang
  • Gombak : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Ulu Kelang
  • Klang : Klang, Kapar
  • Kuala Langat : Bandar, Batu, Jugra, Kelanang, Morib, Tanjung 12, Teluk Panglima Garang
  • Sepang : Sepang town, Dengkil, Labu

Kuala Lumpur7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • All areas

Johor7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Johor Bahru : Jelutong, Plentong, Pulai, Sungai Tiram, Tanjung Kupang, Tebrau, Bandar Johor Bahru
  • Kulai : Bukit Batu, Kulai Town, Sedenak, Senai
  • Kota Tinggi : Johor Lama, Kambau, Kota Tinggi Town, Pantai Timur, Pengerang, Sedili Besar, Sedili Kechil, Tanjung Surat, Ulu Sungai Johor, Ulu Sungai Sedili Besar

Perak7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Taiping
  • Larut, Matang and Selama : Batu Kurau, Bukit Gantang, Matang, Sungai Tinggi, Trong

Terengganu7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Besut district : Kampung Raja, Lubuk Kawah, Pelagat, Tenang, Keluang, Bukit Kenak, Kubang Bemban, Jabi, Kerandang, Pengkalan Nangka, Pasir Akar, Tembila, Bukit Puteri, Kuala Besut

Penang10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • North East Penang Island : George Town, Paya Terubong, Bukit Paya Terubong, Bukit Ayer Itam, Ayer Itam, Batu Feringghi, Tanjung Tokong
  • Central Prai : Seberang Jaya, Sama Gagah, Permatang Pasir, Permatang Pauh, Kubang Semang, Taman Paus,  Bandar Perda, Tanah Liat, Berapit, Jalan Betek, Bukit Tengah
  • South Prai : Sungai Jawi, Nibong Tebal, Batu Kawan, Bukit Tambun, Simpang Ampat, Sungai Bakap, Valdor
  • South West Penang Island : 12th Mukim only
  • Prai North : Butterworth Town + 14th Mukim only

Pahang : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Entire district of Kuantan

Perak : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Hulu Perak : Pengkalan Hulu and Belukar Sepang only
  • Hulu Kinta : Ipoh, Lahat, Chemor and Tanjung Rambutan only

 

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Penang, Perak + Pahang : What Areas Are Under MCO 3.0?

The piecemeal MCO 3.0 declarations continue, this time involving districts and mukims (townships) in Penang, Perak and Pahang!

Here are the latest details…

 

Penang, Perak + Pahang : What Areas Are Under MCO 3.0?

On 8 May 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that districts and mukims (townships) in Penang, Perak and Pahang will come under MCO 3.0 restrictions, from 10 May to 23 May 2021.

Penang Areas Under MCO 3.0

  • Penang Districts Under MCO 3.0
    a) Timur Laut (North East Penang Island)
    – George Town
    – Paya Terubong
    – Bukit Paya Terubong
    – Bukit Ayer Itam
    – Ayer Itam
    – Batu Feringghi
    – Tanjung Tokong
    b) Seberang Perai Tengah (Central Prai)
    – Seberang Jaya
    – Sama Gagah
    – Permatang Pasir
    – Permatang Pauh
    – Kubang Semang
    – Taman Paus
    – Bandar Perda
    – Tanah Liat
    – Berapit
    – Jalan Betek
    – Bukit Tengah
    c) Seberang Perai Selatan (South Prai)
    – Sungai Jawi
    – Nibong Tebal
    – Batu Kawan
    – Bukit Tambun
    – Simpang Ampat
    – Sungai Bakap
    – Valdor
  • Penang Mukims Under MCO 3.0
    – Mukim 12, Barat Daya (12th Mukim, South West Penang Island)
    – Butterworth Town, Prai North
    – Mukim 14, Seberang Perai Utara (14th Mukim, Prai North)

Pahang Area Under MCO 3.0

  • Entire district of Kuantan

Perak Areas Under MCO 3.0

  • Perak Mukims Under MCO 3.0
    – Pengkalan Hulu and Belukar Sepang in the Hulu Perak district
    – Hulu Kinta, covering Ipoh, Lahat, Chemor and Tanjung Rambutan

 

MCO Restrictions For Penang, Perak + Pahang

The same MCO restrictions announced for Selangor would apply to Penang, Perak and Pahang, like :

  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN, except for emergencies and work purposes.
  • Travel because of emergencies require police permission.
  • Travel for work requires worker’s pass or employer’s letter.
  • Schools are allowed to open, subject to risk analysis by the State Health Department.
  • Food premises, food trucks and food kiosks are only allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food can only be purchased to takeaway, through drive-through or delivered. NO DINE IN ALLOWED!
  • Grocers, convenience shops and pharmacies are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM, except on highways where they can operate 24 hours.
  • Clinics, hospitals and medical labs can operate as usual.
  • Daily markets, weekly markets, farmer’s market are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Ramadan bazaars are allowed to operate with strict SOP. It is up to the state to close them in MCO areas.
  • Economic activities are allowed in all MCO areas, with strict SOP.
  • Social activities are FORBIDDEN in all MCO areas – feasts, parties, weddings, receptions, anniversaries, etc.
  • Personal recreation – exercise and sports – is allowed, as long as there is no physical contact, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Spa, night club, pub activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaokes and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Did American infectious disease expert, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, die from COVID-19, even after he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

Find out what the FACTS really are, and if it is truly pointless to vaccinate against COVID-19!

Updated @ 2021-05-08 : Snopes’ inability to verify facts, more details on vaccine breakthrough infections, and Dr. Kapila’s alleged infection by Indian variant.

Updated @ 2021-05-06 : Verified that Dr. Kapila was fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine, and contracted COVID-19 in India, and many other updates.
Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added unverified claims of heart attack.
Originally posted @ 2021-05-04

 

Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Professor Dr. Rajendra Kapila – an 81-year old infectious disease expert at the Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School passed away on 28 April 2021.

This was first reported by Professor Nancy Connell, Vice-chair for Research in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Professor Robert A. Schwartz, the Head of Dermatology, and Professor at the Medicine, Paediatrics, as well as Preventive Medicine and Community Health departments, also posted the news in a tweet :

Condolences to the family of Rajendra Kapila, the @RutgersU professor, @CityofNewarkNJ physician, and  @USArmy veteran who advocated for the finest healthcare attainable for all. He will be remembered for his unmatched sagacity and conduct exemplarily of the @AOA_society motto.

It was later verified by Dr. Asit Khanna, who posted it in the Corona Fatalities and Infections in healthcare workers Worldwide group in Facebook.

According to the Dr. Asit, Dr. Rajendra Kapila went to Ghaziabad in India to look after his ailing father-in-law, contractor COVID-19, and succumbed to it.

According to Dr. Ruby Bansal, who said she was personally involved in his care, he tested RT-PCR positive for COVID-19 at the Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital in Kaushambi, and took his last breath at the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi.

A WhatsApp message then offered even more details on his condition. While we cannot corroborate the details, they seem plausible.

Prof. Kapila 83 years of age had history of Diabetes and CAD S/P stents. He had received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine a month before leaving for India.

During his visit he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized for 4 days but signed out against medical advice.

Thereafter he was admitted to a different hospital where he continued to recover from Covid pneumonia and at anytime did not require any assisted breathing.

On the seventh day he passed away following a massive heart attack in the early morning hours.
Myocardial ischemia, MI and sudden death are known to occur with circadian variation and peak after waking in the morning.

Waking in the morning, physical exertion, and mental stress influence plasma epinephrine levels, coronary blood flow, platelet aggregability, and endothelial function.

A relationship between COVID-19 infection and cardiovascular disease is also well established.

People who are 65 and older or with chronic conditions are at increased risk of cardiac complications.

Patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the setting of pre existing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension have increased risk of severe disease and death.

Potential mechanisms of cardiovascular injury include hypoxemia, myocarditis, thrombosis, stress cardiomyopathy and myocardial inflammation from the cytokine storm.

A significant number of patients who recover from COVID-19 have heart damage caused by the virus due to inflammation, even in mild cases.

mRNA vaccine efficacy is 95% which means that there is only a 5% chance of mild to moderate disease following 2 weeks after full vaccination.

The vaccines provide 100% protection from severe illness and death.

Prof. Kapila suffered mild to moderate Covid and did not progress to severe illness at any time.

He being 83 coupled with the history of CAD and complicated by Covid infection likely contributed to his sudden demise.

There is no justification to claim that this was a Covid vaccination failure.

Prof. Kapila was a good friend and will be remembered for his teaching and HIV research.

On 5 May 2021, the Hindustan Times reported that Dr. Kapila returned to India with his wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila in the last week of March 2021, and stayed in Ghaziabad.

He was supposed to return to the US by the second week of April, but was instead tested positive on 8 April 2021 and admitted to the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi where he passed away, as Dr. Ruby Bansal above stated.

His wife, a microbiologist who has been working in a COVID-19 lab in New Jersey said that they both received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the US, and that “it is ironic that we came to Indian for two weeks and he contracted it here.

Finally, on 7 May 2021, the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School issued an official statement, confirming that Dr. Kapila passed away.

Both Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital are saddened by the untimely passing of Rajendra Kapila, MD, Professor of Medicine.

For 50 years, Dr. Kapila served as a foundational pillar of New Jersey Medical School, the Martland Hospital and University Hospital where he provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents and fellows. A genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases, Dr. Kapila was recognized world-wide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases. Dr. Kapila founded the Division of Infectious Diseases and facilitated its continued and extraordinary growth and development into one of the leading infectious diseases programs in the country.

We will update this article, as and when we know more.

 

WHY Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Of the thousands of healthcare workers who died from COVID-19, why did netizens pick Dr. Rajendra Kapila’s story to go viral?

The news of his passing was tied to comments that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine, and his death shows that it may not be effective against the new Indian double mutation variant.

Here is one example :

Dr Rajendra Kapila, Infectious disease expert with Rutgers University was visiting India due to his father in-law’s poor health. He got infected with covid and died yesterday in India.

His friends here are sad and in disbelief how quickly he passed away. Apparently, he had both shots vaccines here before he left for India. Irony is he was infectious disease doctor.

So sad to know this. Looks like the vaccine may not be as effective with the new variants.
After two Pfizer vaccines shots in US , this doctor travelled to india to see his parents and succumbed to Indian variant

Vaccination is not effective with variants. Please exercise caution.

So what are the facts? Let’s take a look…

Fact #1 : Snopes Is Not Always Correct

I know some of you came from Snopes, who claimed that we are a fringe news outlet. The truth is – we have been debunking fake news on Tech ARP long before Snopes ever existed – since 1998!

Snopes may be recognised as a leading fact-checking website, but they expanded too fast and their writers are not infallible.

As of 8 May 2021, they still say that they are “not able to determine if Kapila had been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 using the Pfizer vaccine”. Neither were they able to “confirm whether he was diagnosed with COVID-19 following his vaccination.

Seriously?? We had already verified on 6 May 2021 (the last Snopes update) that his wife confirmed that Dr. Kapila was not only fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine, he was infected with COVID-19 in India.

Perhaps, because they are not doctors, they do not understand the concept of breakthrough infections. Perhaps they should look at bringing in medical experts to fact-check medical facts…

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

Fact #2 : Dr. Kapila Was Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

On 6 May 2021, Dr. Kapila’s wife – Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila – confirmed that they were both fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, before flying to India.

She also confirmed that he contracted COVID-19 in India, calling it ironic since she worked at a COVID-19 lab and they had both been taking precautions at home and in India.

It is a shame that Snopes still is unable to verify that, despite numerous major news organisations confirming it.

Fact #3 : Breakthrough Infections Can Happen After Vaccination

While antivaxxers are using Dr. Kapila’s case as a “lesson” in how useless COVID-19 vaccines are, that is really not the case.

It is certainly plausible for a fully-vaccinated person to still get infected by COVID-19. That’s because vaccines do not directly protect you against infections.

Rather, COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

But like all training programmes we undergo in life, not all students graduate with flying marks. And so it is with our immune systems – not all of them will learn from the vaccines well enough.

Even the most efficacious vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, have an efficacy of “just” 94-95%. That means a small number of people can still get infected even after they are fully vaccinated.

These infections are known as breakthrough infections, and they will keep happening until we achieve herd immunity.

To prevent them, we have to quickly vaccinate everyone against COVID-19. Even herd immunity at the workplace can greatly cut down on breakthrough infections!

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW

Fact #4 : We Don’t Know If Dr. Kapila Was Infected With Indian Variant

Despite claims that Dr. Kapila was infected with the Indian variant – B.1.617, that cannot be confirmed.

In fact, it is unlikely that it would ever be revealed, as it would require :

a) genome sequencing of a virus sample from Dr. Kapila,
b) his wife to be informed about the results, and
c) his wife to publicly release that information.

So we should ignore anyone who claims he was infected with the B.1.617 variant, unless it is backed with evidence.

Fact #5 : We Don’t Know Much About Indian Variant Right Now

The new Indian variant – called B.1.617 – isn’t really new. It was first detected in India in December 2020.

It is called a double mutant variant, because it has two key mutations that affect the spike protein it uses to attach to our cells.

  • E484Q : similar to the E484K mutation see in the South African (B.1.351) and Brazil (P.1) variants, it changes part of the spike protein
  • L452R : first seen in the B.1.427 / B.1.429 variants from California, it could increase the spike protein’s ability to bind to human cells, increasing its infectivity.

There is much that we currently do not know about the Indian B.1.617 variant, including whether these mutations will allow it to “bypass” the training offered by current vaccines.

We also do not know if the mutations make the virus more virulent (dangerous), as well as infectious (more likely to infect).

Nevertheless, it would make sense to continue with our COVID-19 precautions, even after we are fully vaccinated.

Dr Rajendra Kapila at EDPACON Delhi 2018. Photo Credit : Dr. Ruby Bansal

Fact #6 : Spike Protein Mutations May Reduce Vaccine Efficacy

Most COVID-19 vaccines work by teaching the immune system how to identify the spike protein of the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The immune system then creates antibodies against the spike protein, and that is what protects people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, mutations that change the shape of the spike protein, changing how it appears to our immune system. It would be like a spy putting on a moustache to change how he looks.

This may or may not allow the new SARS-CoV-2 variant to evade your immune system that is keeping an eye out for the original variant it trained against.

Significant changes in the spike protein may also prevent the antibodies created against the original variant to bind to the new variant.

To prevent these mutations, we must rapidly cut down on infections through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #7 : Mutations Increase With Infections

SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, which naturally mutates at a high rate with every infection. With over 150 million cases, it is not surprising to see so many significant mutations.

We can expect more and more mutations, with new variants created, as long as people are getting infected.

That is why it is important to break the chain of infection through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #8 : Mutations Do Not Necessarily Increase Virulence

The mutations occur randomly, but natural selection would favour a virus that is more transmissible but less virulent.

A successful virus is one that evolves to be highly infectious, but does not kill its host… at least not too quickly!

A particularly virulent virus, like Ebola, that quickly kills its host will not be very successful at spreading as it is less likely to infect other hosts.

So please do NOT panic unnecessarily over the Indian variant, or whatever new variant appears.

Focus on what matters – cutting infections and deaths. And how do we do that? By vaccinating everyone ASAP!

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Everyone Can Exercise Outdoors Again!

Good news – you can now exercise outdoors during MCO 3.0!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Everyone Can Exercise Outdoors Again!

On 6 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that all sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas, without their expressed permission.

This rule was to kick off today – 7 May 2021, but after being roundly criticised for decision, they walked back their decision halfway.

At 9:15 PM on 7 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) agreed to loosen the earlier restrictions on sports and exercise in MCO 3.0 areas.

Sports and recreational activities in open spaces without physical touching, like jogging, cycling, exercise and so on will be allowed, subject to these restrictions :

  • there must be physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres, and
  • it must be within your neighbourhood, or limited to whichever areas in your district that are under MCO restrictions.

But please note that this new rule will begin on 8 May 2021, so don’t go out for a run tonight!!!

 

MCO 3.0 : What Areas Do Exercise Restrictions Apply?

These sports and exercise restrictions apply to ALL areas under MCO restrictions :

Selangor6 May 2021 until 17 May 2021

  • Hulu Langat : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Hulu Semenyih, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  • Petaling
    – Bukit Raja
    – Sungai Buloh : Subang, Bandar Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Sri Damansara, Merbau Sempak
    – Damansara : Subang Jaya, Pekan Hicom, Bandar Sunway, Bandar Petaling Jaya, Kayu Ara, Bandar Glenmarie, Bandar Saujana, Shah Alam, Batu Tiga, Country Height
    – Petaling : Puchong, Kinrara, Sungai Besi, Serdang
  • Gombak : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Ulu Kelang
  • Klang : Klang, Kapar
  • Kuala Langat : Bandar, Batu, Jugra, Kelanang, Morib, Tanjung 12, Teluk Panglima Garang
  • Sepang : Sepang town, Dengkil, Labu

Kuala Lumpur7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • All areas

Johor7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Johor Bahru : Jelutong, Plentong, Pulai, Sungai Tiram, Tanjung Kupang, Tebrau, Bandar Johor Bahru
  • Kulai : Bukit Batu, Kulai Town, Sedenak, Senai
  • Kota Tinggi : Johor Lama, Kambau, Kota Tinggi Town, Pantai Timur, Pengerang, Sedili Besar, Sedili Kechil, Tanjung Surat, Ulu Sungai Johor, Ulu Sungai Sedili Besar

Perak7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Taiping
  • Larut, Matang and Selama : Batu Kurau, Bukit Gantang, Matang, Sungai Tinggi, Trong

Terengganu7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Besut district : Kampung Raja, Lubuk Kawah, Pelagat, Tenang, Keluang, Bukit Kenak, Kubang Bemban, Jabi, Kerandang, Pengkalan Nangka, Pasir Akar, Tembila, Bukit Puteri, Kuala Besut

Penang10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • North East Penang Island : George Town, Paya Terubong, Bukit Paya Terubong, Bukit Ayer Itam, Ayer Itam, Batu Feringghi, Tanjung Tokong
  • Central Prai : Seberang Jaya, Sama Gagah, Permatang Pasir, Permatang Pauh, Kubang Semang, Taman Paus,  Bandar Perda, Tanah Liat, Berapit, Jalan Betek, Bukit Tengah
  • South Prai : Sungai Jawi, Nibong Tebal, Batu Kawan, Bukit Tambun, Simpang Ampat, Sungai Bakap, Valdor
  • South West Penang Island : 12th Mukim only
  • Prai North : Butterworth Town + 14th Mukim only

Pahang : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Entire district of Kuantan

Perak : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Hulu Perak : Pengkalan Hulu and Belukar Sepang only
  • Hulu Kinta : Ipoh, Lahat, Chemor and Tanjung Rambutan only

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : New Opt-In Offer Next Week!

More AstraZeneca vaccine is coming, and JKJAV will announce a new opt-in offer next week! Here is what we know so far…

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : New Opt-In Offer Next Week!

The optional vaccination programme using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was an astounding success, with all 268,800 slots taken up in just 3.5 hours!

But if you missed this initial roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine, don’t worry.

The National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that JKJAV will announce details for a new opt-in offer for the AstraZeneca vaccine next week!

In addition, JKJAV will also announce NEW AstraZeneca vaccination centres outside of the Klang Valley!

As we revealed earlier, Malaysia will receive another ONE MILLION DOSES of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and the opt-in offer will be expanded to all other states in Malaysia, except Sarawak.

They will also ensure that those without Internet access can also sign up.

Because this is an opt-in offer, the AstraZeneca vaccine is given on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is different from the mainstream COVID-19 vaccination programme, which allocates vaccine based on morbidity and mortality risk.

So this opt-in programme for the AstraZeneca vaccine offers people eager to get vaccinated, a short cut. A way to get vaccinated ahead of the queue.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Is It Safe To Get?

Many people are worried about the risk of getting blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fact is – the risk is incredibly small – certainly much, MUCH smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?

We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.

Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

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AstraZeneca Vaccination @ Universiti Malaya : A Video Guide!

The Leong family were amongst the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination at Universiti Malaya (UM).

They shared with us their experience, and a video to help you get there and show you what the process is like at the vaccination centre!

If you are headed to the UKM Bangi vaccination centre, be sure to check Sharmine Ishak’s experience too!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccination @ Universiti Malaya : A Video Guide!

The Leong family were amongst the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination at the Universiti Malaya (UM) vaccination centre.

The dynamic duo, Melissa and Denise Leong, created this awesome video to help you get to the UM vaccination centre, and show you what the process is like once you get there!

Here is a step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. When you get to the arch at the entrance of Universiti Malaya, just head straight for about 800 metres.
  2. Take a left turn when you see the sign Pusat Pemberian Vaksin (Vaccination Centre) at Persiaran Gagasan.
  3. Drive straight until you see the sign Penerima Vaksin (Vaccine Recipients).
  4. Take a left turn and look for a parking space.
  5. Walk to the examination hall, but only enter about 15 minutes before your appointment.

  1. Before you enter, make sure you scan the MySejahtera QR code to log your visit.
  2. They will then verify your appointment date and time, upon which you are given a numbered card.

  1. Once inside, you will be seated at Station 1 to wait for your turn.
  2. At Station 2, you will register yourself and scan the QR code for vaccination. Then you are given two copies of the consent form.
  3. You will sign the consent forms at Station 3, where you will have the opportunity to consult the attending doctor.

  1. At Station 4, you will queue for your turn to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. After receiving your AstraZeneca vaccination, you will be asked to wait in an observation area for 15 to 30 minutes, before you are allowed to leave.

All in all, the entire process took less than an hour, including the observation time. They went in at 11:20 AM and came out at 12:10 PM.

I would like to thank Jory, Melissa and Denise Leong for not only sharing their experience and pictures with us, but also the great video guide!

This will be immensely useful to those who are going to Universiti Malaya for the AstraZeneca vaccination soon!

 

Post AstraZeneca Vaccination Side Effects

Jory had soreness at the injection site, and mild fatigue.

Melissa had soreness at the injection site, mild fatigue and some body aches.

Denise had soreness at the injection site, on-and-off fatigue, mild fever, headache and nausea that resolved after the first night’s sleep.

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine against COVID-19.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This is a 2-dose vaccine, with the second dose given 12 weeks after the first dose.

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccination Experience By Sharmine Ishak!

Our friend, Sharmine Ishak, just shared his experience of his AstraZeneca vaccination at UKM Bangi!

Find out what happens at the UKM Bangi AstraZeneca vaccination centre, and what the process is like!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccination Experience By Sharmine Ishak!

Sharmine generously shared with us his experience with the whole AstraZeneca vaccination process.

In fact, it is a step-by-step guide on what happened at the UKM Bangi AstraZeneca vaccination centre!

ARRIVAL

1. Arrived at the PPV (vaccination centre) and was given two copies of the consent form. It’s double sided with one side English and the other in Malay.

2. Double checking on my timing (9am) they moved me to a seating area to fill the form.

Note: The form has a portion below for the signature. You can put your name, IC, and date. But leave the signature bit for later, as it needs to be signed in the presence of a witness (a doctor).


VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY

3. Once the queue was ready for me, I joined it and was shuffled into the hall. At the first checkpoint, they’ll check:

– My Sejahtera check-in
– Temperature
– My I/C — which will be required throughout

Foreigners/expats, please bring your passport.

VERIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT

4. At the second checkpoint, they verified my vaccination appointment: date and time, as well as some general COVID safety questions – if you’ve been out of the country, had contracted COVID, had been in close contact, etc.

CONFIRMATION OF CONSENT

5. After I was cleared, I entered the hall and was put in line for the doctor to review my consent form. They will also request you scan the QR, as directed in your MySejahtera app.

This is where you sign the form with the doctor as a witness. I had pre-signed, which is ok, so the doctor just signed their part.

HEALTH REVIEW

6. I am then moved to a second check with another doctor who did a quick review of allergies or injuries. For the ladies, they will ask if you are pregnant or breastfeeding etc.

Once you’re done here, they gave me a booth number where I moved to next.

VACCINATION!

7. I got my booth number, which included a space for me to sit and wait. After a 2-3 people, it was my turn to get vaccinated.

The feeling? Like a normal jab. Suntikan biasa je. No abnormal pain, no cold or burning sensation, just a little ant bite and it was over in seconds. I could even take a pic.

Note: I don’t know the protocols on photos, but I was allowed to selfie.

OBSERVATION AND GETTING YOUR VACCINATION CARD

8. I was then moved to an area where they took one of my consent forms (the other is yours to keep), which had been updated every stage of the way. I also needed to scan the vaccine QR here with my MySejahtera.

It’s key to mention here that due to all the queueing and waiting, I had already passed the 30 min observation period that was required. So shortly after scanning and passing the form, they called me to give me my vaccination card.

So I got my vaccination card, and was informed that the next appointment for #dose2 will be made known on my MySejahtera app between 2-12 weeks.

Based on studies, 12 weeks yields the best efficacy for AstraZeneca, so there’s no harm waiting the next one out.

And with that, the vaccination is done!

 

Sharmine’s Post AstraZeneca Vaccination Experience

Well, besides the initial soreness on the arm, I don’t feel any odd side effects yet but I’ll be monitoring it until the end of the day to see if anything funky pops up.

The MySejahtera app includes a link for you to report any symptoms, but I have had no side effects except sleepiness and tiredness, but I blame lack of rest or sleep for that.

All the best to the rest of you getting your shots!

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine against COVID-19.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This is a 2-dose vaccine, with the second dose given 12 weeks after the first dose.

 

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KL, Johor, Perak, Terengganu : What Areas Are Under MCO?

MKN just declared that KL, and parts of Perak, Johor and Terengganu will also come under MCO!

Find out which areas are under MCO!

 

KL, Johor, Perak, Terengganu : What Areas Are Under MCO?

On 5 May 2021, MKN announced that KL, three districts in Johor and fourteen mukims in Terengganu will come under stricter MCO (PKP) measures from 7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021.

Inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for these areas under MCO, except for emergencies or work purposes.

For those who need to apply to travel for emergencies, you need police permission. Please apply using this form.

Those travelling for work can use their employee’s pass, or employer’s letter to confirm that they need to travel for work.

Work From Home (WFH) policies will be announced by MITI for the private sector, and PKD for the public sector

Federal territory of Kuala Lumpur

  • All areas

Johor : Three districts

  • Johor Bahru : Jelutong, Plentong, Pulai, Sungai Tiram, Tanjung Kupang, Tebrau, Bandar Johor Bahru
  • Kulai : Bukit Batu, Kulai Town, Sedenak, Senai
  • Kota Tinggi : Johor Lama, Kambau, Kota Tinggi Town, Pantai Timur, Pengerang, Sedili Besar, Sedili Kechil, Tanjung Surat, Ulu Sungai Johor, Ulu Sungai Sedili Besar

Perak

  • Taiping
  • Larut, Matang and Selama : Batu Kurau, Bukit Gantang, Matang, Sungai Tinggi, Trong

Terengganu

Fourteen mukims in the Besut district : Kampung Raja, Lubuk Kawah, Pelagat, Tenang, Keluang, Bukit Kenak, Kubang Bemban, Jabi, Kerandang, Pengkalan Nangka, Pasir Akar, Tembila, Bukit Puteri, Kuala Besut

 

MCO Restrictions For KL + Johor

The same MCO restrictions announced for Selangor would apply to KL and Johor, like :

  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN, except for emergencies and work purposes.
  • Travel because of emergencies require police permission.
  • Travel for work requires worker’s pass or employer’s letter.
  • Schools are allowed to open, subject to risk analysis by the State Health Department.
  • Food premises, food trucks and food kiosks are only allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food can only be purchased to takeaway, through drive-through or delivered. NO DINE IN ALLOWED!
  • Grocers, convenience shops and pharmacies are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM, except on highways where they can operate 24 hours.
  • Clinics, hospitals and medical labs can operate as usual.
  • Daily markets, weekly markets, farmer’s market are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Ramadan bazaars are allowed to operate with strict SOP. It is up to the state to close them in MCO areas.
  • Economic activities are allowed in all MCO areas, with strict SOP.
  • Social activities are FORBIDDEN in all MCO areas – feasts, parties, weddings, receptions, anniversaries, etc.
  • Personal recreation – exercise and sports – is allowed, as long as there is no physical contact, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Spa, night club, pub activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaokes and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Selangor Schools + Ramadan Bazaars To Close!

All schools and Ramadan bazaars in Selangor have been ordered to close, in line with the new MCO measures.

Here are the details…

 

All Selangor Schools Ordered To Close For 2 Days!

The day after the Malaysian government announced MCO measures for 6 districts in Selangor, the Selangor state education department ordered all schools to close for 2 days.

Therefore, all schools in Selangor will shut down on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and Friday, 7 May 2021. After that, the extended Hari Raya holidays begins on 8 May 2021.

Effectively, the schools are set to close for some 39 days, in an effort to break the COVID-19 chain of infection.

Boarding school students who were allowed to return home for the Hari Raya holidays can do so, but they are asked to follow the schedule set by the Ministry of Education.

 

All Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Districts To Close From 8 May!

The Selangor state government also announced that all Ramadan bazaars in the six MCO districts must close from Saturday, 8 May 2021 onwards.

The government chose to offer a small grace period to allow bazaar operators and traders the chance to clear their existing stock.

 

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Police Permit NOT Required For COVID-19 Vaccination!

We can now confirm that a police permit is NOT required for people travelling to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations!

Here are the details!

 

Why Need Police Permit For COVID-19 Vaccination???

When the Malaysian government announced the imposition of MCO restrictions on six districts in Selangor, it was announced that interstate and inter-district travel was FORBIDDEN for those districts, except for emergencies and work.

Emergencies, including seeking medical treatment and in cases of death, would require police permission as per the MCO SOP; while work would require a worker’s pass or employer’s letter.

This would mean that those who received their COVID-19 vaccination appointments in other districts, or volunteered to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine would have to request for a police permit, in order to travel to their vaccination centres!

 

Police Permit NOT Required For COVID-19 Vaccination!

Fortunately, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, quickly clarified that you do NOT need a permit from the police.

Just show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the district boundaries. This can be on MySejahtera, the COVID-19 vaccination website, or the SMS.

 

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6 Districts In Selangor Under MCO + Other Updates!

It’s official – six districts in Selangor will come under stricter MCO (PKP) measures until 17 May 2021, to break the surge in COVID-19 cases!

Here is what we know so far… we will update this article as we know more!

 

6 Districts In Selangor Under MCO Until 17 May 2021!

On 4 May 2021, Malaysia’s Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob announced that these six districts in Selangor will come under stricter MCO (PKP) measures :

  • Hulu Langat : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Hulu Semenyih, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  • Petaling
    – Bukit Raja
    – Sungai Buloh : Subang, Bandar Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Sri Damansara, Merbau Sempak
    – Damansara : Subang Jaya, Pekan Hicom, Bandar Sunway, Bandar Petaling Jaya, Kayu Ara, Bandar Glenmarie, Bandar Saujana, Shah Alam, Batu Tiga, Country Height
    – Petaling : Puchong, Kinrara, Sungai Besi, Serdang
  • Gombak : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Ulu Kelang
  • Klang : Klang, Kapar
  • Kuala Langat : Bandar, Batu, Jugra, Kelanang, Morib, Tanjung 12, Teluk Panglima Garang
  • Sepang : Sepang town, Dengkil, Labu

All six districts will be under MCO / PKP from 6 May 2021 until 17 May 2021.

Inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for these districts under MCO, except for emergencies or work purposes.

For those who need to apply to travel for emergencies, you need police permission. Please apply using this form.

Those travelling for work can use their employee’s pass, or employer’s letter to confirm that they need to travel for work.

Work From Home (WFH) policies will be announced by MITI for the private sector, and PKD for the public sector.

These other districts in Selangor will remain under CMCO / PKPB :

  • Kuala Selangor : Api-Api, Bestari Jaya, Hujong Permatang, Hulu Tinggi, Ijok, Jeram, Kuala Selangor, Pasangan, Tanjung Karang
  • Sabak Bernam : Bagan Nakhoda Omar, Panchang Bendena, Pasir Panjang, Sabak, Sungai Panjang,
  • Ulu Selangor : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Hulu Semenyih, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang

 

MCO / CMCO / RMCO Updates For Selangor + Other States

Hari Raya travel and visitation is allowed with these restrictions :

  • MCO / PKP : 1 Syawal only (limited to 15 people at one time)
  • CMCO / PKPB : 1 to 3 Syawal only (limited to 20 people at one time)
  • RMCO / PKPP : 1 to 3 Syawal only (limited to 25 people at one time)
  • EMCO / PKPD : No visitation allowed.

Takbir raya and Solat Sunat Hari Raya in mosques is allowed in MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, but this is at the discretion of the state government. However, both are not allowed in EMCO (PKPD) areas.

Takbir from home to home is FORBIDDEN in all areas – MCO / CMCO / RMCO / EMCO.

Hari Raya feasts in mosques are FORBIDDEN in MCO and EMCO areas, but allowed in CMCO and RMCO areas. However, the government strongly recommends that the food be offered as takeaway.

Visiting graves is allowed in certain areas, with these restrictions :

  • MCO / PKP : Not allowed.
  • CMCO / PKPB : Up to 6 people per lot, maximum 30 minutes
  • RMCO / PKPP : Up to 6 people per lot, maximum 30 minutes
  • EMCO / PKPD : Not allowed.

Open house for Hari Raya is FORBIDDEN in all areas – MCO, CMCO, RMCO, EMCO.

 

MCO Restrictions For Selangor

Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob said that the same MCO restrictions as before would apply to Selangor, like :

  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN, except for emergencies and work purposes.
  • Travel because of emergencies require police permission.
  • Travel for work requires worker’s pass or employer’s letter.
  • Schools are allowed to open, subject to risk analysis by the State Health Department.
  • Food premises, food trucks and food kiosks are only allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food can only be purchased to takeaway, through drive-through or delivered. NO DINE IN ALLOWED!
  • Grocers, convenience shops and pharmacies are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM, except on highways where they can operate 24 hours.
  • Clinics, hospitals and medical labs can operate as usual.
  • Daily markets, weekly markets, farmer’s market are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Ramadan bazaars are allowed to operate with strict SOP. It is up to the state to close them in MCO areas.
  • Economic activities are allowed in all MCO areas, with strict SOP.
  • Social activities are FORBIDDEN in all MCO areas – feasts, parties, weddings, receptions, anniversaries, etc.
  • Personal recreation – exercise and sports – is allowed, as long as there is no physical contact, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Spa, night club, pub activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaokes and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

 

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SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

Parents were just informed, at the last minute, that SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 was ordered to close for 2 days, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is what we know so far….

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

At approximately 9:30 PM, the principal of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 sent out a WhatsApp message, informing the parents that the school would be closed for TWO (2) days, starting tomorrow.

On orders from the Selangor State Education Department, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara will be closed on Tuesday 4 May 2021 and Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The teachers will instead conduct online teaching and learning classes for their students during these two days.

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closure : WhatsApp Message

Here is the original WhatsApp message, and our English translation, on the closure of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 over their COVID-19 exposure.

(03/05/2021)

MAKLUMAN: PENUTUPAN SEKOLAH

Ibu bapa yang dihormati,

Adalah dimaklumkan pihak sekolah telah mendapat arahan daripada Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor untuk menutup premis bagi kawalan perebakan penyakit berjangkit. Surat rasmi akan menyusul dari JPN.

Oleh itu sekolah akan DITUTUP berkuatkuasa esok, 04 MEI 2021 (SELASA) sehingga 05 MEI 2021 (RABU).

Sepanjang penutupan sekolah, sesi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPr) semua murid akan diteruskan secara online. Jadual PdPr adalah mengikut jadual waktu kelas sekarang. Mohon ibu bapa dapat memantau dan memastikan anak-anak hadir kelas pembelajaran online selama tempoh penutupan sekolah ini.

Maklumat terkini akan dikemaskini melalui saluran rasmi ini.

Harap maklum.

Terima kasih.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Pengetua, SMKBUD4

(03/05/2021)

NOTICE: SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear parents,

Please be informed that the school has received instructions from the Selangor State Education Department to close the premises to control the spread of infectious diseases. An official letter will be issued by JPN.

Therefore, the school will be CLOSED effective tomorrow, 04 MAY 2021 (TUESDAY) until 05 MAY 2021 (WEDNESDAY).

Throughout the school closure, Home Teaching and Learning (PdPr) sessions for all students will continue online. The PdPr schedule is according to the current class schedule. Parents please monitor and ensure that your children attend online learning classes during the school closure.

The latest information will be updated through this official channel.

Please take note.

Thank you.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Principal, SMKBUD4

 

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