2 Vaccine Recipients At WTCKL Claim To Be Given Reduced Dosage Of AstraZeneca

In both cases, the individuals recorded videos of their injections and only realised that their dosage seemed small after leaving WTCKL.

Cover image via Anoogrehan Manoharan/Malaysiakini & Ahmad Zamzahuri/Malay Mail

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The COVID-19 Immunisation Taskforce (CITF) is investigating the claims of two vaccine recipients in the Klang Valley who believe that they were given reduced dosages of the AstraZeneca vaccine

According to Malaysiakini, both of the vaccine recipients involved allegedly took their shots on 19 May at WTCKL.

One of the recipients decided to film his injection and noticed something amiss upon reviewing the clip at home

"I looked at it and I saw it seems to be strange in terms of the dosage that is going in because I've seen other videos as well," said 48-year-old Anoogrehan Manoharan to Malaysiakini.

"I thought it was a little bit strange, but I wouldn't know, so I consulted some of my medical friends and a lot of them told me that it is very likely the dosage was smaller than required."

After that, he returned to the vaccine administration centre to complain about the issue.

He also claimed the person who injected the vaccine also did not write her name on his consent form, which he was informed is part of standard procedure.

Meanwhile, the second case involves an Instagram user who also recorded a video of her vaccination.

When the clip was shared with her family, they told her that her dose seemed very small.

She claimed that she probably received only about 0.1ml of her dose, and later went back to WTCKL to show the video and received an additional 0.4ml.

She said, "Moral of the story: Find out how much was injected, best is to take a video for safety. Make sure you guys got the right amount of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but don't reject vaccination."

The right amount for one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine is 0.5ml.

In a statement, CITF assured that they are conducting a detailed investigation on both allegations.

A full dosage of the AstraZeneca vaccine will fill up slightly less than half the length of a 1ml syringe typically used for the vaccinations.

Anoogrehan Manoharan's video showed the contents of the syringe to be substantially less than that while the second recipient's video is not available to the public.

CITF emphasised that they always prioritise the service quality of all health experts involved under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (NIP) including private medical practitioners managed by ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd who are involved in NIP.

"We will not hesitate to take action against those who did not comply with the standards we set or violate any rule," they added.

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