‘Empty syringe’ vaccine recipients will get fresh shots

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Any individual who proves that he or she has been “vaccinated” with an empty syringe will receive a new injection, says health minister Dr Adham Baba.

Adham said his ministry will be calling the individuals again to receive their shots.

“They will be called again,” he was quoted as saying.

He was responding to several incidents at vaccination centres (PPVs) where individuals who recorded themselves during the vaccination process claimed they were given blank shots of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Their videos have since gone viral on social media.

The first case happened on July 17 at a drive-through vaccination at the Lapangan Terbang Sungai Petani army camp which was meant for armed forces personnel and their family members, according to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

There were another two incidents acknowledged by CITF at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) and Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC) PPVs.

The Mitec and BACC incidents were both said to have occurred on July 17. Police reports have been lodged by the complainants in both incidents.

CITF has said the police are investigating both incidents and the public will be informed of any updates.

“If wrongdoing is found, CITF will not hesitate to terminate the services of the personnel involved and also take action in accordance with the law,” it had said.

It reiterated that in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP), all personnel administering the Covid-19 vaccine must show the filled syringe to recipients before they are injected.

Another man has also lodged a police report claiming that he was vaccinated with an “empty syringe” at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium vaccination centre three days ago.

Ling Kwang Chun, 33, told FMT yesterday that the process took less than 20 seconds from the time he scanned the vaccination code at the booth.

“I felt the needle in my arm but noticed that the black plunger did not move the entire time,” he said. The worker did not show him the syringe before and after the vaccination process, unlike the first time.