• Jonathan Shiek

Why Do Doctors Use Different Sized Needles For Vaccinations?

After Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Health Director-General Noor Hisham gotten their first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination on 24 February, conspiracies started spreading like wild fire on Malaysian social media with the change in needles spotted by netizens.

Conspiracy theorists: CoViD-19'S jUsT aNoThEr FlU. Also conspiracy theorists: cOmE oN! HoW dId ThEy DeVeLoP a vAcCiNe So QuIcKlY? Also conspiracy theorists in 6 months' time: SeE, iT wEnT aWaY bY iTsElF. — markowe (@markowe) February 25, 2021

Apparently there is a good reason for the different sized needles used for inoculations, large needles are used to draw the vaccine from its vial while small needles are actually used to inoculate the vaccine recipient.

There were also people spreading rumours about the different coloured needles, so to explain it in short, different colours of needles mean different bore sizes. Malaysia’s Health Ministry added that “The needle used to aspirate from vials is bigger (blue) to ensure smooth extraction. A smaller needle (red or orange) for inoculation ensures less pain and bruising.”

So yes, we have debunked the conspiracies that everyone has been spreading around. No, our government isn’t secretly trying to implant microchips in our bodies.


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