PETALING JAYA: All general practitioners (GPs) and their medical staff should be prioritised in the Covid-19 vaccination programme as they are also frontliners fighting the pandemic, says Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy. He said for now, less than half of the 7,000 GPs nationwide had been invited to register for the first priority group.
He urged for GPs, especially from private clinics, to be included although they might not be in the public health sector.
“Vaccination is a form of defence and although we must still adhere to the SOP and wear PPE (personal protective equipment), it is right that all medical healthcare workers be given the vaccination.
“For the public, although we GPs in private healthcare such as private clinics and hospitals are not in the public sector, we are at most times the first that the patients come to before they are taken to the general hospital for further treatment.
“We are easily exposed to the Covid-19 virus and GPs are usually senior doctors who have opened up their own practices, making us also part of the higher risk group.
“Although the government has been gracious enough to invite some of the GPs to register as part of the first priority group of medical frontliners, I hope all GPs can also get the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible, ” said Dr Subramaniam.
An internal medicine specialist from Melaka, Dr Ashok Philip, who is attached to a private hospital, said he was given a form to register himself as part of the first priority group.
“I don’t know on what criteria I was chosen, but I received the form on Monday.
“It is important for all frontliners to be immunised against the virus as they are the first people whom are met by Covid-19 patients.
“It is also important for the vaccination to be done as soon as possible as this is a new virus and will mutate, ” he said.
Dr Ashok said that he would be briefed on the vaccination process today at the Melaka General Hospital.