Malaysians can now film themselves receiving vaccine injections

Vaccination rates have been reaching new milestones in Malaysia, with a record high of over 500,000 jabs administered yesterday, 22nd July 2021. However, there have also been empty syringe reports from vaccine recipients at Covid-19 vaccination centres that are becoming a cause of concern among the public.

While taking photos and filming videos of the injection process had not previously been allowed at vaccination centres, vaccine recipients will now get to do so, as announced by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. 

Photos and videos allowed for vaccine injection process

In a press conference today, 23rd July, Khairy said that allowance will be made for photos and videos of the injection process by vaccination candidates at vaccination centres (PPVs). This is to ensure that vaccine recipients are properly receiving their vaccine jabs and correct vaccine dosage, with Khairy assuring the public that complaints of empty syringe vaccinations received by the public are taken seriously.

Vaccinators and nurses are also required to show vaccine recipients their Covid-19 vaccine syringes, as part of the vaccination process’s standard operating procedures.

Vaccine recipients can now film their injection process
Image credit: JKJAV

This comes as several individuals at vaccination centres have come out to share their concerns about allegedly receiving empty syringes and being unable to document the injection process to help bring awareness to the matter.

According to a report by Sinar Harian, Bukit Aman received 13 police reports nationwide regarding empty syringes allegedly being administered to vaccine recipients. Cases have been reported from PPVs in KL, Selangor, Kedah, Perak and Melaka, with investigations currently ongoing.

Also in the press conference, Khairy said that several reports from complainants had been lodged because vaccine recipients did not feel any post-vaccine symptoms, such as soreness at the injection spot.

According to a report by The Star, most of these reports were also false or inconclusive. However, a nurse admitted to negligence by exhaustion in Sungai Petani, Kedah when investigations were launched regarding an empty syringe case there.

Vaccination candidates can now film vaccine injection process

Our frontliners and volunteer workers at vaccination centres have been working hard to ensure that we can get vaccinated and safe from Covid-19. Hopefully, the government allowing vaccine recipients to record their injection process will reduce the number of complaints from the public.

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Cover image adapted from: JKJAV and Unsplash / Mufid Majnun

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