UPDATED: Do not take a swab test unnecessarily

Dr Charles Mallia Azzopardi, head of the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) has appealed to the public to only take a swab test if it is really required, and not unnecessarily, because the lab is under a great deal of pressure with staff who have been working day and night for a year.

He said that the first studies so far show that those who have been vaccinated and get Covid-19, can still spread it to others, even if this possibility is reduced. He said it was therefore important for us to be disciplined.

When he was being interviewed on TVAM, Dr Mallia Azzopardi explained that the vaccine helps people not to get very sick when they come into contact with the virus. Studies show that the amount of inoculated people who get sick with the virus is less than 5%.

He said that although the number of infections have increased, today there are also aspects which are better than last year, including that there is no shortage of protective clothing (PPEs), while more than 85% of those over 80 have been inoculated. He said that the mortality rate is not increasing.

Speaking about the side effects caused by the vaccine, Dr Mallia Azzopardi denied that they are seeing any side effects which are stronger between one vaccine and another, and very few people experience serious reactions. The most common side effects are an aching arm and fever, which are being experienced with all the vaccines.

You can watch the full interview with Dr Mallia Azzopardi here:

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