In case you didn’t know, there were plenty of reports happening at the PPV where recipients of vaccinations are getting injected with empty syringes. Though the response was there is no possibility for that to happen, the government has announced yesterday that the public is no longer allowed to record the vaccination process including the injection.
Instead of recording videos or photos for proof, the public is encouraged to ask the MO in charge to show the syringe before and after the injection.
Another reason why the public has been stopped to record is that the government did not want the act to interfere with the smooth vaccination process. At times, it can be a hassle and might delay the entire process.
However, as of today, Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister in charge of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), gave permission for the people to record pictures or videos while receiving vaccination shots at the Vaccination Center (PPV).
Khairy stated that this was done to guarantee that each recipient has strong proof of receiving the right dose of vaccination.
“I have instructed CITF to allow additional SOPs during the vaccination process, where recipients can now record themselves getting jabbed,” he said at a press conference, referring to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force.
According to him, the CITF launched an investigation and discovered 13 police reports on empty syringes and incorrect doses, the majority of which were “proven to be fraudulent or inconclusive.”
He did, however, confirm that the incident involving an empty syringe at a drive-thru vaccination centre in Sungai Petani was real and that the health worker acknowledged being negligent owing to exhaustion.
He went on to say that disciplinary action had also been taken against her.
With that said, when it’s your turn to get vaccinated, make sure to request to see the syringe first before getting injected. This way is probably better to prevent a mishap from happening.
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