Investigate improper vaccinations

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: The Health Ministry was urged to investigate allegations of improper Covid-19 vaccinations in the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (NCIP).

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said this was in view of a viral video of members of the public allegedly getting lower doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

“Since the circulation of the video, the public has been questioning the effectiveness of the whole inoculation process and even raising doubts whether they themselves have gotten the right dosage and have been properly administered with the vaccine.

“Doubts and possible mismanagement have to be properly handled and addressed and not censored in any way. We have received reports that members of public are stopped from recording or even taking photos during the inoculation.

“This does not instil confidence in the programme itself and should not happen; their concerns be properly addressed,” he said in a Facebook post last Saturday.

Dr Yii said while the event could be due to human error, proper monitoring and quality control system should be in place especially with the expected increase in vaccination rate once vaccine supply increases.

He said on top of a proper monitoring system, the ministry must also come up with a comprehensive guideline when errors occur including its prevention and proper reporting in such event.

“This should cover all types of vaccines and its possible differences in terms of response and administration. Such guidelines have been produced and implemented by Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.

“This includes a comprehensive study of the more common administration errors reported, along with some of their potential causes and ways to avoid it,” he said.

Dr Yii said it gives the front liners clear guidelines to respond in such situations and also provides the recipients peace of mind and more confidence in the programme itself.