Fake news circulating about private vaccination drive


PETALING JAYA: There is no private vaccination drive at Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) or any other Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care (RSDH) facility and anyone receiving such a message should disregard it.

“There is no private registration for vaccination at any of the RSDH facilities.

“Members of the public are advised to not respond to any such messages offering private Covid-19 vaccination at our three hospitals, ” RSDH said in a statement.

It also reminded the public that Covid-19 vaccination registration is only available through government-approved channels such as the MySejahtera app.

The message claimed that RSDH facility SJMC was partnering with Pharmaniaga to offer quick access to the vaccine for corporate clients and interested individuals.

The message also claimed to offer the Sinovac vaccine and that the private vaccination registration drive was separate from the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

The message stated the price of the vaccine to be between RM400 and RM600 per dose when it is actually administered for free under the national programme.

It also attached two news articles from mainstream media in an attempt to appear legitimate.

It is believed that the message has been making its rounds since February when the country received its first batch of vaccines and when the rollout started.

However, SJMC is one of the private hospitals selected as a vaccination centre in the Petaling Jaya district under the national immunisation programme.

Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout began on Wednesday on a voluntary basis.

The government previously said the vaccine would not be used in the mainstream immunisation programme but given on a opt-in basis through dedicated vaccination centres.

On May 2, registration for the vaccine was opened and all 268,800 slots were snapped up in less than four hours.

Khairy Jamaluddin, who is the immunisation programme’s coordinating minister, said details on the second round of AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in will be announced next week as the country is set to receive a further one million doses this month.

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