Woman dying after vaccination? Shrug it off; it’s fake news

Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing urged social media users to exercise caution when coming across unverified information as it could be fake.

He said rumours that a woman taken into an ambulance from the Dinner World Vaccination Centre had died after getting vaccinated were untrue.

“Bintulu Health Director Dr Melvin Chung has explained that the 42-year-old victim had experienced high blood pressure and other heart-related health issues.

“When the victim arrived at the vaccination centre, she complained of having a headache and the medical staff on site advised her not to receive her vaccine dose at that moment.

“However, the victim insisted on receiving the vaccination immediately. Following the vaccination, the victim complained of a worsening headache,” he said.

Tiong said the victim had stabilised and would be discharged from the hospital.

“On this matter, I would like to point out that the incident is the first of such occurrence in a vaccination centre in Bintulu.

“If any recipient at the centre feels any discomfort or unwell, he must inform and listen to the medical staff on hand, who may advise whether he should proceed with the vaccine,” he said.

Tiong said understandably, some people would be worried that they would not have another opportunity to be vaccinated, thus prompting them to demand their doses as soon as possible.

“But I appeal to everyone not to worry because no one will be left out from the vaccination programme. If you do not receive an appointment later, you may contact us for assistance,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Tiong reminded social media users not to create panic just because they wanted to be the first to ‘break the news’, dismissing the facts altogether.

“Anyone who wilfully spreads false information about the coronavirus disease and the vaccination process can face punitive action under the Sedition Act 1948, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 or under the 2021 Emergency Ordinances”, he warned.