Johor private hospital welcomes role as vaccine dispensing centre, hopes to do more

JOHOR BARU: KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital hopes to vaccinate 1,000 people under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme this week, says chief executive officer Mohd Azhar Abdullah.

He said the hospital, which has been listed as a vaccine dispensing centre (PPV), vaccinated 200 senior citizens on Monday (May 31).

“We have been given the task by the Health Ministry to vaccinate 1,000 people, especially senior citizens, from May 31 to June 4.

“Recipients on Monday, who had registered for the immunisation programme with MySejahtera, received the Sinovac vaccine, ” he said.

Mohd Azhar said the group would have to return to the hospital after 14 days for their second dose.

“We hope those who have received a notification to be vaccinated at our hospital would turn up on the given date," he said, adding that a family member should accompany elderly recipients in case of mobility issues.

“We are willing to vaccinate more people if the ministry decides to extend us after June 4," he said.

Mohd Azhar added that 100 health practitioners from the hospital were on duty at the PPV to administer the vaccine. He said 95% of the hospital's frontliners and other employees had also been fully vaccinated.

Mohd Azhar advised Malaysians to ignore rumours and fake news about any negative impact of vaccination.

The government had given permission to seven private hospitals in Johor to administer Covid-19 vaccines under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

According to state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyanathan, four hospitals are in Johor Baru and one each in Kluang, Batu Pahat and Muar.

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