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What To Do Before, During And After COVID-19 Vaccination?

What To Do Before, During + After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccination?

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

 

What Should You Do Before COVID-19 Vaccination?

Just received your COVID-19 vaccination appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking their medications before getting their vaccination. That is false and dangerous!

You should CONTINUE to take your medication, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your vaccination.

However, you should limit or avoid alcohol the day before your vaccination. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

Painkillers?

You should NOT take painkillers before going for your vaccination.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your immune response, and reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

On Vaccination Day

On the day of your vaccination, please make sure to :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal, and drink some water. Don’t drink too much, or you will need to go to the toilet!
  3. Make sure you do NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If you are sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    You will be given a new appointment.
  4. Bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (Malaysia only, not compulsory).
  5. You must bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. If you are pregnant, please bring your health record book.
  8. You must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  9. Bring a bottle of water, in case you get thirsty.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

What Should You Do During COVID-19 Vaccination?

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Check the label of the vial or prepared syringe, to confirm the vaccine you are receiving. Here in Malaysia, that’s Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
  2. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume.
Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What Should You Do After COVID-19 Vaccination?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting yourself and your family. Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Dietary Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet or daily life after vaccination. Please remember – you were vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

However, it is best if you limit or avoid alcohol intake for a few days. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce vaccine efficacy.

Exercise Or Not?

You may see health authorities advising against strenuous exercise after your vaccination. There are a few reasons :

  • A precautionary measure for adolescents and young adults (below 30 years of age) who received the Pfizer vaccine, as there is a very small risk that they may get myocarditis.
  • To avoid accidents if people start feeling side effects like headache or fever while exercising.
  • To avoid people conflating post-exercise pain and reporting it as post-vaccination side effect.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

You must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintaining physical distance in public, because :

  • you will not receive maximum protection until 2-3 weeks after your second dose.
  • vaccines cannot protect you 100% against COVID-19, so there is a small risk of breakthrough infections.
  • new variants like the Delta variant are partially resistant to vaccines.

Report Side Effects

You can expect some mild side effects over the next day or two, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not worry about them – they are evidence of your immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can take painkillers if you need to, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!
Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

 

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Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

The Malaysian government just quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by HALF!

While this may be a relief for those caught breaking the ban, it is still a hefty fine!

 

Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

On 17 March 2021, when the Malaysian government announced the three categories of offences, they set the fine for those breaking the pub and nightclub ban very high :

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 50,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000

That changed on 22 March 2021, when the Malaysia Ministry of Health released this infographic on the Act 342 fines.

What most people, and even the press, did not notice was – they quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by half!

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 25,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000

While this may be a relief for those already hit with the massive RM 10K or RM 50K fine earlier, it is still a considerable sum of money.

Please note that the ban includes any restaurants or cafes within the pub or nightclub.

Since 8 February 2021, pubs and nightclubs are no longer allowed to serve food or drinks at their restaurants, or even offer takeaway!

But apparently, pubs have now switched their licences to restaurants and eateries that serve alcohol, bypassing this ban.

Recommended : Act 342 Offences : COVID-19 Fines, Discounts + FAQ!

 

Pub + Nightclub Fine : Can Appeal For A Discount!

Individuals or companies who get fined for not complying with the pub and nightclub ban can appeal for the following discounts, at the nearest District Health Office.

  • Pay within 7 days : 50% discount
  • Pay within 8 to 14 days : 25% discount

Please do NOT appeal for the discount at the police station. The discount can only be given, and the fine paid, at the District Health Office.

Also note that the discount is only given to first-time offenders. Repeat offenders will not receive the discount.

This infographic by the Malaysia Ministry of Health summarises the fines and discounts for those who break the pub and nightclub ban :

 

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Another U-Turn : Pub + Nightclub Restaurants Now Forbidden!

Malaysia just announced a sudden reversal of their policy of allowing pub and nightclub restaurants to offer takeaway food and drinks.

Nightclub and pub restaurants are no longer allowed to operate.

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : No Longer Allowed!

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that pubs and nightclubs, as well as their restaurants, are no longer allow to operate.

Pubs and nightclubs have never been allowed to operate during the MCO, but just days ago, they allowed their restaurants to offer food and drinks for takeaway.

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : Yet Another U-Turn

This is a sudden reversal of their policy to allow pub and nightclub restaurants to offer takeaway food and drinks, to survive during the MCO lockdown.

On 4 February 2021, just four days ago, MKN released an updated MCO SOP, that allowed pubs and nightclubs to operate their restaurants.

In that updated SOP, pub and nightclub restaurants were allowed to offer takeaway food and drinks from 6 AM until 10 PM.

Of course, they were not allowed to serve dine-in customers. But the takeaway option gave them a chance to eke out a living. That is no longer even an option, with this U-turn.

One wonders how their restaurants pose a greater risk of COVID-19 infections than “regular” restaurants, when they all only offer food and drinks to take-away…

 

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Fact Check : Hand Sanitiser Catches Fire, Burns Woman!

Did a woman severely burn both her hands, after the hand sanitiser she applied caught fire from a stove? Find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Woman Applies Hand Sanitiser And Catches Fire From Stove!

Clickbait websites posted stories about a lady who accidentally set both her hands on fire after applying a hand sanitiser.

The injured woman rubbed hand sanitiser all over her hands and arms before preparing a meal.

The woman was likely unaware that the alcohol-based hand sanitiser is a flammable substance.

While waiting for the sanitiser to evaporate, she turned on the kitchen stove.

To her horror, her arms instantly ignited, causing what looks like third-degree burns to both arms.

Clearly, the woman in question should have waited for the sanitiser to dry completely before going near the stove.

 

Hand Sanitiser Catches Fire, Burns Woman : Hoax Debunked!

This is yet another Internet hoax that have been circulating on social media. These websites apparently accepted the claim at face value, without fact-checking.

Alcohol Evaporates Pretty Quickly

The alcohol in alcohol-based hand sanitisers quickly evaporates when you rub it all over your hands. On average, it takes just 15 seconds for the alcohol in a hand sanitiser to evaporate.

Unless the woman in the story quickly turned on the stove after applying the hand sanitiser, it is not possible for the hand sanitiser on her hand to catch fire.

Hand Sanitisers Can Only Be Set On Fire Using A Direct Flame

In August 2010, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a report on the flammability of alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Here were their key findings :

  • a hand sanitiser with 60% alcohol is flammable, but only using a direct flame.
  • alcohol vapour can only be ignited by a direct flame.

In other words, for the story to be true, the woman would have to place both hands over, or very close to, the stove’s flames.

That’s A Skin Graft Donor Site

The picture is of a burn victim, whose forearm was harvested for skin grafts.

You can see the sharp edges on her right forearm – an actual burn would not look like that.

You can also see the pattern on the donor site – marks of the dermatome used to harvest the skin grafts.

 

Hand Sanitiser : Should You Still Use It?

Now, while the story may be a tall tale, you should never take alcohol-based hand sanitisers lightly. It is a flammable liquid, which will catch fire if you pour it near or onto an open flame.

Hand sanitiser brands like Purell recommend that you do NOT use alcohol-based hand sanitisers near an open flame, or while smoking a cigarette.

We should also point out that soap actually works better against microbes, including the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?

However, a hand sanitiser is useful if you have no ready access to soap and clean water. Just make sure the hand sanitiser has an alcohol content of 60% to 95%.

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If you are concerned about dry skin, just apply some moisturiser after rubbing the alcohol-based hand sanitiser dry on your hands.

 

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Hand Sanitiser : Can It Set Your Car On Fire?

People are sharing videos of cars catching fire from hand sanitisers left inside under the hot sun, but can a hand sanitiser really set your car on fire? Let’s find out!

 

Hand Sanitiser : Can It Set Your Car On Fire?

Fake news creators, including websites trying to go viral, keep churning out stories about hand sanitisers setting cars and even hands on fire.

Here is a recent example by Scoop – a brand new “entertainment” website, which basically copies and sensationalises news from other outlets.

The writer picked up the news from Daily Express, but added the claim it was caused by a hand sanitiser to sensationalise the story and make it go viral.

The original news report pointed out that the fire started in the engine compartment when the driver attempted to start the car (which underwent an engine overhaul the day before).

 

Hand Sanitiser : No, It Cannot Set Your Car On Fire!

Now, let us explain the science of why hand sanitisers cannot set your car on fire…

Fact #1 : Many Hand Sanitisers Are Not Flammable

There are two main types of hand sanitisers – alcohol-based hand sanitisers, and non-alcohol hand sanitisers.

The non-alcohol based hand sanitisers are based on povidone-iodine, triclosan or benzalkonium chloride, and are completely not flammable.

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are somewhat flammable, but it all depends on their alcohol content. Those with lower alcohol concentrations – 60-70%, are less flammable than those with higher concentrations – 90-95%.

Recommended : Hand Sanitiser vs Soap : Which Should YOU Use?

Fact #2 : Alcohol Don’t Evaporate That Easily

Many people will point out that alcohol can evaporate, and the vapours are highly flammable. That is true but the boiling points of common types of alcohol used in hand sanitisers are pretty high :

  • Ethanol : 78.37 °C
  • Isopropyl alcohol : 82.5 °C
  • N-propanol : 97.0 °C

But how hot can your car get in a very hot day? Up to 60°C, according to the Metro UK.

In other words – your car won’t get HOT ENOUGH to evaporate the alcohol in your hand sanitiser!

Fact #3 : Alcohol Will Not Spontaneously Ignite

In August 2010, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a report on the flammability of alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Here were their key findings :

  • a hand sanitiser with 60% alcohol is flammable, but only using a direct flame.
  • alcohol vapour can only be produced by directly heating the hand sanitiser
  • alcohol vapour can only be ignited by a direct flame – it won’t spontaneously ignite.

 

Hand Sanitiser : Which Should You Get?

For a hand sanitiser to be effective at breaking apart coronaviruses like COVID-19, it needs to have an alcohol content of 60% to 95%.

Top healthcare authorities like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organisation (WHO), recommend using alcohol-based hand sanitisers over any other type of hand sanitiser.

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?

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If you are concerned about dry skin, just apply some moisturiser after rubbing the alcohol-based hand sanitiser dry on your hands.

 

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Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : Hoax Debunked!

A new viral post is circulating on social media, claiming that a lady badly burned her hands after the alcohol from the hand sanitiser she used caught fire!

Find out what the hoax claimed, and why this is yet another Internet hoax!

 

Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : The Hoax!

First, let’s take a look at the viral hoax that people are forwarding on social media. There are actually TWO versions…

Note : We added a HOAX disclaimer to the original photo, to prevent it from being used to fool more people.

This lady here applied sanitizer on her arms and went to the kitchen to cook. The moment she turn on the stove, her hand caught fire due to the alcohol contained in the sanitizer. Do be very careful.

这位女士在这里用消毒剂擦手臂,然后去厨房做饭。 当她打开火炉的那一刻,由于消毒剂中的酒精,手着火了。 要非常小心。

Attention everyone !!!

I just heard terrible news. A family of friends uses hand sanitizer and goes to the kitchen to cook.

As a result, when the HV gas stove is heated his hands burn as his hands contain hand sanitizer and go to the kitchen without washing his hands.

We use hand sanitizer that contains alcohol, so it’s easy to burn. Hope everyone should wash their hands before cooking

Don’t be careless, this sharing is true, not a joke, remember Remember!

Please send it. Another person knows and can avoid another victim.

 

Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : Hoax Debunked!

Now, let’s look at why this is yet another Internet hoax…

Alcohol Evaporates Completely!

First of all, the alcohol in alcohol-based hand sanitisers evaporates COMPLETELY when you rub it all over your hands.

If there’s any residue, that would be additives in the hand sanitiser – usually some kind of moisturiser to counter the drying action of the evaporating alcohol.

Unless you leave it to pool in your hands, the alcohol will evaporate completely, leaving nothing to catch fire.

That’s A Skin Graft Donor Site

If we are not mistaken, that picture is of a burn victim whose forearm was harvested for skin grafts.

You can see the sharp edges on her right forearm – an actual burn would not look like that.

You can also see the pattern on the donor site – marks of the dermatome.

 

What About That Hospital Memo On Alcohol Catching Fire?

You may have seen this Penang Adventist Hospital internal memo circulating around the same time.

If you actually read it carefully, it merely points out that alcohol-based hand sanitisers are POTENTIALLY flammable, which is true.

So it makes sense for them to warn that it would be a good idea to keep alcohol-based hand sanitisers away from high temperatures and flames.

But nowhere did it state that the alcohol in such hand sanitisers can catch fire AFTER you use it to sanitise your hands!

 

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