I’VE made two trips to the vaccination centre (PPV) and received my two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. I’ve even taken photographs at the “Saya telah divaksin” booth to prove this.
With the completion of the second dose, I felt safer and protected. Things were finally looking up, or so I thought.
A few days ago, while browsing through my social media posts, a video popped up on my time line.
What seemed like another “I got jabbed” clip turned out to be an eye opener. The video was a recording of a lady being vaccinated. Everything was perfectly normal until the bit where the person administering the jab was not pressing the plunger of the syringe.
I took another look for confirmation, and true enough, the vaccinator was simply poking the lady’s arm with the needle! This means the lady did not get the vaccine.
That triggered alarm bells in my mind. I have never admitted this to anyone before, but I am nervous with injections. Hence, I didn’t look when the needle pricked my arm. And I trusted the nurse as I had no real reason not to.
I’m pretty sure that, like me, most people who went for their vaccination did not scrutinise the whole process.
Reports of similar incidents were revealed in the media soon after. Apparently, two other cases happened in a PPV in Kuala Lumpur and Bangi respectively.
Wow! I’m now wondering if I had really received the vaccine and whether I, as well as the millions of other Malaysians who have received both doses, are really as protected as we thought.
Are there more cases that haven’t come to light yet? How could something like this happen, and why?
In response to the issue, the Health Minister issued a message via WhatsApp saying, “They will be called up for their vaccinations soon”, but they must provide evidence to prove their claim of not being properly vaccinated.
Excuse me, but doesn’t he realise that there’s no way vaccine recipients can provide the proof required unless they managed to catch the perpetrators red-handed?
And the only way to do this is by video recording the injection process.
Even then, most PPV won’t allow any sort of video recording in the booth.
So what do you expect the public to do now? Forget about the whole thing and just pray that you were not one of the victims?
A thorough investigation must be conducted on this distressing matter.
And don’t just discipline the persons responsible. Treat them as criminals and charge them in court. We are talking about human lives here.
Since the vaccination programme is a national agenda, make an example of them as they are traitors who are trying to sabotage the country.
To restore the faith and confidence of Malaysians in the vaccination programme, conduct antibody tests on those who are claiming to be victims. Decisions can then be made on whether they need replacement jabs.
In the meantime, install CCTVs in the booths or at least make it compulsory for those taking their shots to record the whole process for their own reference.
DATUK AZRIL MAT DRUS ,Petaling Jaya