Public advised not to spread fake news on Covid-19 vaccine; woman lodges police report in Kanowit

The man's legs which were swollen but vaccine has been ruled out as the cause.

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KANOWIT, June 18: Members of the public have been advised not to spread fake news against Covid-19 vaccine.

Kanowit district police chief Supt Tega Bilong said there was no need for the  public to worry or fear when receiving the vaccine as the dispensing process is controlled and monitored by the Health Ministry.

This comes as a 61-year-old woman had lodged a police report concerning a fake news report that her husband’s legs became swollen after receiving his second dose of vaccine against Covid-19.

Tega said the woman was at her longhouse, Rumah Kemarau in Sungai Ranan at about 1.18pm on June 17 when she received a message on her WhatsApp from her cousin.

“The cousin informed her that a member of a church WhatsApp group in Kuala Lumpur had posted a message with a photo of her husband’s legs. The person claimed that the legs of the complainant’s husband were swollen due to the second dose of vaccine which he had received recently,” he said.

The complainant categorically denied that the vaccine was the cause of her husband’s legs to be swollen. Instead she said he has long been suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

In the report, she said she would not hesitate to take stern action against those who continued to spread fake news on the matter.

Tega said the woman had decided to file a police report as she feared for her family’s safety as the public might be influenced by the fake news.

“She also feared that the government might be accused of the matter,” he added. — DayakDaily