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M’sian Health Minister refutes claims son was injected with air instead of vaccine

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR) – Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin refuted claims that his son was injected with air instead of COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Twitter post yesterday, Khairy said although there have been lies that his son was injected with air, there are now more parents who have faith in the vaccine.

“Don’t disturb others who want their children vaccinated,” he tweeted.

Khairy shared a video of his six-year-old son Raif being vaccinated on Sunday, but some people commented on social media that it was just “for show” and that his son had not actually been given a COVID-19 vaccine.

To refute claims that the vaccination was not properly done, the Ministry of Health shared a video of the nurse’s explanation on its social media accounts yesterday.

The unnamed nurse who administered the jab on Raif explained that her method of hiding the syringe needle with her hand is a good way of calming children.

Khairy Jamaluddin’s son Raif receiving his first COVID-19 jab. PHOTO: TWITTER

“I did not remove any vaccine that (did not end up) being injected into the children’s body,” the nurse said.

She also asked the public to stop the baseless allegations that the vaccination was not
properly conducted.

Following the nurse’s explanation, Khairy said in another tweet that he stood by her conduct, which he described as very good and professional.

In the clip of Raif receiving his first jab of COVID-19 vaccine, the nurse had shown Khairy, who was holding the camera, the paediatric dosage of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

His wife Nori Abdullah was seen holding Raif’s hand.

Khairy was heard joking with the nurse and asking if the syringe was filled with air, to which the nurse replied, “No! This is 0.2ml, kid’s dose.”

“Relieved that he has been protected from COVID-19,” Khairy said on Twitter following Raif’s vaccination, while urging other parents to register their kids for the vaccination programme.

Malaysia’s vaccination drive for children aged between five and 12 began on February 3.

According to the Ministry of Health’s figures, a total of 892,974 children have registered for the vaccination, while 246,869 children have received their first dose as of Tuesday.

Malaysia reported 22,133 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, marking the fifth consecutive day of over 20,000 daily infections.

It is Malaysia’s second highest daily tally this year, after reporting 22,802 new cases on Saturday.

Khairy said the Omicron wave is expected to peak in the second half of March.