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Probe Launched After Several Allegations Of Empty Syringes Administered By PPV Workers

Recently, allegations of empty syringes or underdosing at COVID-19 vaccination centres (PPV) in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Kedah went viral. So far, disciplinary action has been taken against the PPV worker in Kedah.

Cover image via Faiz Anuar/New Straits Times & Free Malaysia Times

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There have been several allegations of empty syringes administered at COVID-19 vaccination centres (PPV) in multiple parts of Malaysia

Of these allegations, two were at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur and the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC) in Selangor over the weekend.

In both cases, recipients involved had lodged police reports.

A third case took place at the Sungai Petani Airport Camp drive-through PPV in Kedah on 17 July.

The PPV worker in Kedah was caught on video, which showed that while the worker inserted the syringe into the recipient's arm, she did not inject it, according to a report in Free Malaysia Today.

Personnel from the camp's armed forces hospital were in charge of vaccinations at the PPV, where the vaccine drive was specially provided for members of the armed forces and their family members.

Authorities have since launched investigations into the allegations

While the investigation into allegations of empty syringes administered at KL and Selangor PPVs is still underway, disciplinary action has been taken against the PPV worker in Kedah.

In a statement on Monday, 19 July, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) said that it is concerned about the allegations that have gone viral on social media and that it took them seriously.

CITF is currently working with the Royal Police Malaysia (PDRM) and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) to investigate the matter so that such incidents do not happen again, the statement added.

It said that an investigation was carried out by ATM in relation to the Kedah incident.

"Whereby the individuals involved were called in to provide explanations and disciplinary action has been taken against the vaccination (who was caught on video)," CITF said.

"Police are currently investigating (the other two cases) and any development will be updated by the authorities. If found guilty, CITF will not hesitate to end the services of the staff and take strict action."

CITF also reminded that every vaccinator must show the syringe containing the vaccine to the recipient for proof before injecting it

"The public is also advised to look at the syringe before and after the vaccination process to boost confidence that the dose and injection of the vaccine have been given as it should be," it added.

In another case, a woman was denied entry to Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang PPV due to its conservative dress code:

Women have also alleged harassment by staff at Klang Valley PPVs: