The Health Ministry (KKM) has confirmed the 18 cases of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) among inmates at the Kajang Prison following their Covid-19 vaccination programme.
KKM also said that it will be investigated the matter after a letter from the Kajang Prison went leaked online, saying that there were 2 deaths among the inmates who had taken Covid-19 vaccines including Pfizer, Sinovac and Cansino.
According to Berita Harian, the mentioned adverse effects involved heart paralysis and weakness of the body.
National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) director Dr Roshayati Mohamad Sani said the Hulu Langat District Health Office and the Selangor State Health Department is currently investigating the matter to obtain complete information.
“The investigation report will be presented to be evaluated by the Covid-19 Vaccine Special Pharmaconvigilance Committee (JFK) to confirm the causality or relationship between the vaccine and the reported adverse effects.”
“The Ministry of Health (MoH) through NPRA continuously monitors the safety of the use of all vaccines, including Covid-19 vaccines, through the monitoring of AEFI reports. All the reports stated in the letter have been received by NPRA.” she said in a statement.
Meanwhile, she said the ministry will inform the public of the situation from time to time.
An AEFI is any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunisation and which does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine. The adverse event may be any unfavourable or unintended sign, abnormal laboratory finding, symptom or disease, as shared by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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