Don’t fall for vaccine scams

KUCHING: The general public is reminded not to fall for Covid-19 vaccine selling scams that are becoming widespread.

“I am very disappointed to hear the news about the fraudulent sales of the Covid-19 vaccines. Some even try to deceive the public through ads selling vaccines and dating slots through online platforms,” said Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

“I would like to remind the public that the Covid-19 vaccines are provided free to all Malaysians under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).

“If you get an offer or know anyone involved in the sale of vaccines, please report them to the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM),” he said in a Facebook post Sunday (June 27).

Recently, the police arrested three individuals on suspicion of trying to sell Covid-19 vaccines to the public.

In a statement last week, Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said initial investigations found that members of the public were randomly called by the suspects who then offered them two doses of Covid-19 vaccines for RM420.

The case is being investigated under Sections 420 and 511 of the Penal Code for attempted fraud.

The arrests stemmed from a police report lodged by a woman working as a research officer for the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) who said she received information about the sales of Covid-19 vaccines.

This came on the back of a call by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) for authorities to conduct a full investigation into allegations of Covid-19 vaccines being sold by a non-healthcare private company to private groups.

Last week, MMA president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said if the allegations were proven to be true, stern action must be taken against the non-healthcare private company and the private healthcare facility involved.