Irresponsible parties spread accusations that the nurse injected air into Khairy’s youngest son instead of the full vaccine.
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The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) started on 3 February for children aged 5 to 12 years old.
Through this programme, the children will be given one-third of the adult Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine.
So far, more than 60,000 children have received two vaccine doses since the launch of PICKids.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s youngest son, Raif, was among the vaccine recipients on Sunday, 13 February.
Nurse accused of injecting air
However, some irresponsible netizens began spreading rumours that the nurse on duty that day injected air instead of the vaccine into Raif.
They spread the accusations in the comments section of the video uploaded by JKJAV.
The nurse had no choice but to clear the accusations and explained what happened that day.
She said she carried out the vaccine injection procedure on Raif the same way for the other children too.
I showed the parents the vial, the way I drew the vaccine out of the vial as well as the volume in the syringe I had drawn out. The parents agreed with the dose which was 0.2ml for Pfizer Kids.The nurse explained in a video.
She refuted claims that she allowed the vaccine to drip out from Raif’s arm. She swore that she injected the vaccine fully into Raif’s arm and did not inject air into the body, as reported by The Star.
I did not remove any vaccine that was not injected into the child’s body. He was standing at my side and hence I had to position myself near him and if I showed my hand clearly he would have been able to see the needle and be afraid. So I had to lower my hand a little and try to distract him and told him to count from one to ten.The nurse said in the video.
She only pushed the plunger when she saw that Raif was okay and did not move.
She also explained that according to the procedure, a little air has to be pulled into the syringe once it’s jabbed to ensure that the needle did not hit a blood vessel.
The plunger will only be pushed once it’s clear there is no blood in the syringe.
After injecting Raif, she removed the syringe from his arm and showed it to the parents, and plastered the injection site.
Please do not make assumptions and accusations as it involves people’s lives. What if it happened to you? How would you feel – uncomfortable and angry? I just did my job to the best of my ability to make the child comfortable.The nurse said.
Khairy defends the nurse for a job well done
In response to the allegations, Khairy tweeted to show his support for the nurse and said her conduct was professional in every way.
Her tactic of not showing Raif the needle helped to calm him down and ensure a successful vaccination.
Khairy added that he hopes all the doctors and nurses involved in PICKids can be protected from the lies spread by irresponsible parties.
He also urged parents who don’t want to vaccinate their children not to disturb parents who want to.
Saya sahkan jururawat yang menyuntik anak saya sangat profesional dan baik. Taktik tidak menunjukkan jarum sangat berkesan & membantu menenangkan anak saya. Semoga semua doktor & nurse yang terlibat dalam #PICKids dilindungi dari fitnah pihak tertentu. https://t.co/JsAB7d4AR7— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) February 16, 2022
A small percentage of side effects in children
According to Berita Harian, the Health Ministry (KKM) has received only 8 reports of side effects from vaccines in children, including reports from Sabah and Sarawak.
The children experienced light side effects such as inflammation and redness on the injection site.
As of 15 February, 246,868 children received their vaccinations and only 0.006% experienced side effects.