- The video of a woman who is supposed to be getting her vaccination, but instead had her arm injected without the vaccine being delivered into her system, has gone viral
- The said video, which recorded the events showed a member of the vaccination team plunging the syringe’s needle into the woman’s arm but did not press the plunger of the syringe
- As a result, the liquid vaccine remained in the syringe’s barrel, though the patient might not have noticed this if not for the video
- Because of this, the DOH announced it has launched an investigation into the matter
The viral video showing a member of a vaccination team plunging the syringe into the arm of the patient, but did not press on the syringe’s plunger, triggered an investigation by the Department of Health (DOH).
The incident, which according to Rappler, happened in Makati, was captured on video.
In a statement, the DOH called the act as a “breach in COVID-19 vaccination protocol.”
"The Department is investigating this breach in the vaccination protocol in coordination with the LGU concerned, and reminds all vaccinators to take extra care and attention during inoculation," the DOH stated.
Yahoo News reported that the said video was taken on June 25.
In the video, a health worker can be seen putting the syringe’s needle into the arm of the waiting patient.
However, instead of pressing on the syrnge’s plunger so the vaccine can be delivered into the patient’s body, the health worker kept his or her thumb free and used it to extract the plaster used to cover the injection area.
Anyone can see that the plunger remained in the same position before the supposed vaccination took place.
It is not clear whether the syringe’s barrel contained the liquid vaccine.
If it does, then the vaccine remained in the syringe’s barrel and was never delivered into the patient since the plunger was not pressed.
After the supposed vaccination, the health worker covered the area injected and the patient went on her way, confident that she is already vaccinated.
The patient must have only realized what happened after seeing the video.
It was not also clear who uploaded the video but since it surfaced on the Internet, it has gone viral.
GMA News reported that Mayor Abby Binay of Makati City has released a statement on the issue.
"It was human error on the part of the volunteer nurse that was immediately corrected," said Mayor Binay.
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