SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Health Department has dismissed the claim of a vaccine recipient in a viral video that he has been injected with an empty syringe.
Selangor Health Department director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman said it was quite “impossible” for anyone to be injected with an empty syringe.
He said the vaccination centres always ensured that the standard operating procedures set by the Health Ministry were adhered to and the vaccination process was carried out at an optimum level.
“We wish to emphasise that various checks are in place as part of best practices determined by the Health Ministry and improvements are made from time to time,” he said in a statement on the department’s Facebook.
He said several guidelines must be followed during the vaccination process, among which was that the vaccinators must be from a pool of qualified and trained personnel formally appointed by the department.
Dr Sha’ari said at least two personnel must also be at every station to observe the vaccine administration.
“One person acts as the vaccinator while the other will prepare the vaccine and be a witness while this is being administered.
“The staff preparing the vaccine will extract the vaccine into a special syringe according to the prescribed dosage before handing this over to the vaccinator or placing it in a special container near the vaccinator,” he said
This staff, added Dr Sha’ari, must also ensure that all empty syringes were removed.
“Before administering the vaccine, it is the vaccinator’s responsibility to ensure that the type of vaccine for the recipient is as tagged during the registration process,” he said.
The inoculation procedure must follow the intramuscular injection technique and once the vaccine has been administered, the emptied syringe will be disposed into a sharps disposal container placed near the vaccinator.
“With strict adherence to these measures, it is quite impossible for a recipient to be vaccinated with an empty syringe,” said Dr Sha’ari. — Bernama