Empty syringe? This is serious if it’s true

KUCHING: Are people being injected with empty syringes at vaccination centres (PPVs) in the country?

The Special Committee of Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) has been urged to look into these serious claims.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said it would be a very serious matter if the allegations turn out to be true.

“The vaccine committee must look into this seriously. And what puzzles me the most is what do the nurses get out of giving empty vaccines?

“I think it could be that they are suffering from fatigue, or they could be just exhausted.

“Either way, JKJAV has to look into this and address the issue,” he said today (July 20).

Masing said he too had read claims of empty syringes in social media.

“I am not a fan of social media, nor do I believe in everything spelled out by social media or facts put in Facebook.

“However, if the news contains one percent element of truth, then the Ministry of Health (MoH) and police must investigate the claims,” he said.

Such falsification of medical duties, he said, is serious because it could cost a person his or her life.

“I would suggest to MoH to give our nurses and doctors time to rest during the vaccination roll out.

“Or put a cap on how many people they can vaccinate in a day,” said Masing.

The Star, yesterday, reported that the police were currently carrying out an investigation after a Facebook user by the name of Tan Wing Sam claimed that he had gone to the Mitec Kuala Lumpur PPV on July 17 to get his first dose of the vaccine, but instead was injected with an empty syringe.