SIBU: All vaccination centres (PPV) in Sibu are in total compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and strict protocols to ensure the total dose of vaccine assigned to and given to recipients were the same, said the Sibu Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).
“It is impossible for the vaccine to be sold to other parties as each dose is monitored by several parties including pharmacists, health experts and the many supervisors at the Sibu Indoor Stadium,” it said in statement on Tuesday (July 13).
The CITF said this following a claim by a man who posted on social media recently that his father was injected with an empty syringe at the Sibu Indoor Stadium PPV.
Sibu CITF said Sibu Divisional Health Office subsequently conducted a thorough investigation on the case.
“On that day there was an incident where a patient had to be injected twice as the staff administering the vaccine realised there was an error in how much vaccine was in the syringe before pressing the plunger. After adjusting the dose, the patient was injected with the correct amount,” it said.
It added that while the staff’s mistake was deeply regrettable, her quick action to avoid overdosing was good because an overdose could be harmful.
According to the statement, one bottle of Sinovac contains two doses of the vaccine and this could have been the cause of the error.
It went on to say that CITF was in the midst of retraining all PPV staff so as to avoid a similar situation in the future.
It stresses the fact that vaccinators involved consisted of certified and trained health personnel who were officially appointed by the Sibu Divisional Health Office.