MOH Debunks Viral Fake News That Claims Policeman Died From COVID-19 Vaccine

The police are urging the public to stop spreading news that has not been verified.

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The Perak State Health Department has denied allegations that a 58-year-old policeman in Gerik has died due to COVID-19 vaccine complications

According to Sinar Harian, a Facebook post claimed that a policeman was taken to Gerik Hospital after receiving the second dose of the vaccine on Saturday, 3 April, and was later pronounced dead.

However, in a statement through the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued on Sunday, 4 April, Perak state health director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming has called it fake news.

Gerik police chief Supt Zulkifli Mahmood has also since announced that the claim was incorrect and his personnel is not dead

"The policeman is currently receiving treatment at the hospital for his illness, nothing to do with complications from the vaccination," he said, as quoted by New Straits Times.

The MOH stated that the policeman did not report any symptoms within 30 minutes of observation after receiving both doses of the vaccines on 13 March and 3 April. 

The personnel, with a medical history of hypertension and diabetes, only complained of pain on Saturday afternoon. He immediately sought treatment at Gerik Hospital and has since been transferred to Taiping Hospital's coronary care unit (CCU).

The ministry said the patient had a myocardial infarction (heart attack) but is now in stable condition.

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) are urging the public to stop spreading news that has not been verified

Perak state police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid also warned that they will be taking stern action against the Facebook user known as 'Junaidah June' for spreading the fake news about the policeman.

He called the social media user's actions irresponsible and that such behaviour will only spark uncertainty among the public regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.

"The policeman's family was also affected by the false news," he said in a statement.

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