While Covid-19 has turned everyone’s life upside down, there’s hope for a return to normality. However, that can only happen once everyone has been vaccinated. Hence, people have been encouraging others to get the vaccine through posts on social media.
There are an abundance of photos and videos on social media showing that people have been vaccinated. Like many before him, marketer Anoogrehan Manoharan decided to record his injection. However, the video revealed something shocking instead. It turns out, Anoogrehan may not have received the full vaccination dose.
Anoogrehan’s vaccination took place on 19th May around 10am. He went to the Kuala Lumpur World Trade Center (WTCKL) which manages the AstraZeneca and Oxford University Covid-19 vaccines. While he had received the vaccine happily, he realised something was wrong when he was reviewing the video footage at home. “I saw it and I thought the dosage amount looked strange as I’ve seen other videos,” he stated. “I thought it was strange but I wasn’t sure, so I met with a few of my friends who work in the medical sector. Many of them told me I may have received a smaller dose than needed.”
In addition to claiming he may have not received the full vaccination dose, the 48-year-old also claimed the person who performed the injection did not write their name on his consent form. However, when he made his complaint yesterday (20th May), he was told it was part of standard procedure. But a BP Healthcare representative, who operates the vaccination centre, reassured him that authorities were investigating his allegations. When asked about the side effects of his vaccination, Anoogrehan said he only experienced mild pain at the injection site.
As seen in the video, the contents of the 1ml injection syringe were less than half of its length. According to the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA) website, one dose of AstraZeneca vaccine is 0.5ml. The dosages for the other vaccines vary, with 0.3ml for the Pfizer vaccine and 0.5ml for the Sinovac vaccine. Currently, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) said they were investigating two cases with similar allegations. Both cases supposedly took place at WTCKL on 19th May.
CITF stated they have identified both vaccine recipients and are conducting a detailed investigation into the matter. “CITF would like to emphasise that we always prioritise the service quality of all health professionals involved under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Program (NIP) including private medical practitioners managed by the ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd involved in the NIP,” a representative stated. “We will not hesitate to take action against those who do not comply with the standards we set or violate any rules,” they added.
Another Instagram user who recorded his vaccination process also claimed he had received a lower dosage than required. He allegedly had only received 0.1ml of the vaccination dose. When he returned to WTCKL and showed them the video, he supposedly received an additional 0.4ml. “Moral of the story: Try to know (the amount of dosage necessary),” he said wryly. “It’s best to take a video for safety. Make sure you get the right dosage for the AstraZeneca vaccine, but don’t refuse the vaccination.” The video is, unfortunately, not available for public viewing.
If you’re slated to get your injection anytime soon, do take note of how much your dosage should be. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Check out Anoogrehan’s video here:
Here’s a comparison video for reference:
Apa yang dia dapat VS apa yang aku dapat
— Наим Зулхашим 🇲🇾🇵🇸 (@_____aimstfu) May 20, 2021
Update (22nd May):
Earlier this week, another man named Danial Abrar noticed that his vaccine was lesser than 0.5ml when he received his first AZ jab.
On 19th May my fiance got his first dose of AZ but today we read the article regarding this person got his vaccine lesser than 0.5ml and then we realised that he also got lesser than 0.5ml as shown in this video. @dnlabrr @Khairykj @JKJAVMY @KKMPutrajaya pic.twitter.com/wBTIYovVpu
— sarah (@srhnwr) May 21, 2021
— sarah (@srhnwr) May 21, 2021
To be sure, double check your syringe to see if the dosage is 0.5ml full if you’re getting your AZ jab (for Pfizer, it’s 0.3ml).