Disciplinary action taken against Kedah health worker for vaccine jab that wasn’t
Published on: Monday, July 19, 2021
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The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force says it will not hesitate to terminate the services of vaccination centre healthcare workers who flout SOPs.
PETALING JAYA: Disciplinary action has been taken against a healthcare worker at a drive-through vaccination centre (PPV) in Kedah after “issues related to how she had administered the jab” were caught on video.

In a statement, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) said the case happened on July 17 at the Sungai Petani airforce camp PPV, which was opened for armed forces personnel and their family members.

The viral video showed that the health worker did not inject the vaccine into the recipient’s arms although the syringe was inserted. Personnel from the camp’s armed forces hospital were in charge of vaccinations at the PPV.

“An investigation was conducted over the incident and the individual involved was called up to give an explanation over the issue. Disciplinary action has been taken against the healthcare worker,” the CITF said.

On two separate claims of empty syringes during vaccinations at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) and the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC) PPVs over the weekend, police reports were lodged for both cases by a member of the public and a healthcare organisation, respectively.

The incident at Mitec was said to have occurred on Saturday while the BACC case allegedly took place yesterday.

“Police are currently conducting investigations. The authorities will provide any updates on these cases. If found in the wrong, CITF will not hesitate to terminate the services of the workers involved and take strict action according to the available legal provisions.

“As stated in the SOP, every vaccination worker must show the vaccine-filled syringe to the recipient before administering the jab.

“The public is also advised to take a look at the syringe before and after the vaccination process to ensure that the vaccine dose is administered correctly,” it said.

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