Preliminary investigations have found claims that Covid-19 vaccines given had passed their expiry date are untrue, says National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Khairy, who is science, technology and innovation minister, said the expiry date of the second dose of vaccine shown on the individuals’ MySejahtera application were actually for the first vaccine shot received.
“A data recording error caused this to happen and the actual expiry date of the vaccine will be updated in MySejahtera for the individuals involved,” he said in a statement.
As for claims on the sale of vaccine appointment slots, Khairy said an integrity and investigation committee had been established under the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) comprising representatives from CITF, the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
“In addition, a guideline on vaccine monitoring and standby list preparation has been established for vaccination centres (PPVs) to ensure there is no abuse of power,” he said.
He added that the CITF had been working with the police to investigate the matter since last month, saying the public would be informed of any developments.
Khairy said the capacity system at PPVs would be upgraded with the introduction of two factors for the validation of every appointment scheduled and increase in number of vaccine recipients.
On the SOPs in place, should there be Covid-19 positive individuals present at the vaccination centres, Khairy said several immediate measures would be taken including sanitation, close contact tracing, and conducting Covid-19 tests on staff.
“I have also instructed every PPV to conduct a more thorough inspection at every entrance so that people with certain risk status are not allowed to enter,” he said.
He also reminded those who have undergone Covid-19 screening to be responsible and not to come to PPVs either for their vaccination appointment or as an escort as long as they have not received their test results.