Full-scale, honest investigation of the issue is needed

I REFER to the letter by Emphil under the headline “Latest incident calls for full investigation” (The Star, Oct 4; online at bit.ly/star_vaxx) which raised the issue of a boy seemingly getting jabbed with an empty syringe. While the Deputy Health Minister announced that the mistake had been corrected and the boy received a proper dose of vaccine, I agree with the letter writer that a full-scale, honest investigation needs to be done to examine how big this problem could be. And how it could affect the government’s vaccination programme.

Let me explain the experience I encountered with my own vaccination.

I had a first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on May 10. I did not observe how that vaccination was done because I trusted in the professionalism of the medical staff. It was done at Kompleks Komuniti Muhibbah, Kuala Lumpur.

I returned on May 31 for my second shot at the same location. I was supposed to receive 0.3ml of vaccine. Because of news of mistakes in vaccination that had emerged in the press, I insisted that the nurse who was going to administer my shot show me what she was going to give. I was shocked that the nurse had only drawn 0.2ml into the syringe to administer to me.

When I protested that she should be giving me 0.3ml she replied that the balance of the 0.1ml was already in the needle. She also said that she was a trained staff nurse used to giving this kind of injection many times before. I disagreed and requested that she draw the amount of vaccine up to 0.3ml indicated on the syringe. She consented and gave me the shot.

I reported this incident to two doctors who were present at the centre. It appeared that this nurse could have been giving this lower dose of vaccination to many recipients. Yet my complaint to the doctors did not seem to raise any alarm. In fact, it is my feeling that my complaint was dismissed.

I am therefore also concerned like Emphil about the integrity of the jabs given to a whole lot of individuals who turned up at this centre. It also calls for an investigation.


Kuala Lumpur

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