Netizens voice concerns over news of empty syringe jabs

NETIZENS hurled brickbats at deputy health minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali who yesterday suggested that fatigue of health workers may be the reason for recent cases where allegedly ‘blank shots’ were administered during the vaccination process.

“Illogical response. Think first before making such illogical statements as this shows immaturity. Even a child can depress the plunger.

“Who is going to answer in the afterlife if the recipient dies because of the empty syringe jabs? The doctor? The Ministry of Health? The staff?” demanded user Zaizakrani Md Salleh.

User AnNbI concurred that the minister’s statement was illogical. “This is like saying we brush our teeth without putting toothpaste.

“I don’t know, it doesn’t sound logical. Empty syringe jabs is one matter, and pretending to give the jab without depressing the plunger is another matter,” she opined.

However, some netizens questioned the need to make complaints on social media instead of raising the issue during the incident.

“Why didn’t you say anything back then? You should have immediately told them so that the matter can be investigated and you can get another jab.

“Why must you complain on social media? To gain publicity or what? You hype up the issue and create public anxiety,” user Rohaya roy said.

Other netizens questioned if they had received the vaccine during their vaccination appointments.

Said user Spicy Tea, “This is causing unnecessary worries. Did I receive the vaccine, or was it just an empty syringe? Most of us wouldn’t even look at the syringe when we are given the jab.”

“What happens to those who did not record the process?” user _zaaziizuu wondered.

“The elderly are the most pitiful. Next time if you’re tired just let other staff members know in case anything happens.”

Earlier this week, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) identified three allegations linked to blank vaccine shots and said the police had begun investigations.

The first involved a woman who was recorded being given a blank shot at a drive-through PPV at the Lapangan Terbang army camp in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

The second vaccine recipient who confronted a Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) PPV nurse for giving him a blank shot was subsequently given another Pfizer jab. He later lodged a police report.

The third case happened at the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre PPV who lodged a police report after he suspected he was almost given a blank Sinovac shot. – July 22, 2021.

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