KUALA LUMPUR: Several private hospitals in the country have started administering doses of the Covid-19 vaccine under the national plan.
This follows the government’s decision to allow private hospitals to be used as vaccination centres under Phases Two and Three of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
In Penang, three private hospitals – Pantai Hospital Penang, Lam Wah Ee Hospital and KPJ Penang – started vaccinating people, with a target of 500 recipients daily.
ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Dr Anas Alam Faizli said more private hospitals and general practitioners (GPs) registered under the vaccination programme would begin their operations soon.
He said 12 private hospitals and over 100 GPs had registered under ProtectHealth, the implementer of private medical practitioners’ participation in the national immunisation exercise.
“We believe if all the GPs and private hospitals in Penang take part in this programme, we can increase and achieve the daily target dosage set by the Penang government, ” he said after visiting a vaccination site yesterday.
In Negri Sembilan, CMH Specialist Hospital president Datuk Lee Tian Hock said it would be inoculating recipients on a list provided by the government under the guidance of the Health Ministry and ProtectHealth.
Reminding recipients to bring their identity card, mobile phone and a pen on the day of their appointment, he said the vaccination process would follow the qualification criteria set by the ministry via the MySejahtera app or vaksincovid.gov.my.
In Perak, Ar-Ridzuan Medical Centre in Ipoh inoculated 50 people yesterday.
Ar-Ridzuan Medical Group general manager Khairul Salleh Abdul Rani said the elderly and chronic patients who received their appointment via the MySejahtera app were given the Sinovac vaccine.
“We also inoculated 67 patients receiving haemodialysis through the ministry’s outreach programme that started in May, ” he said.
He added that the medical group was ready to help the state government expedite the vaccination programme in rural areas, including Orang Asli villages, to achieve herd immunity.
Khairul Salleh said the hospital could vaccinate 200 people a day, urging everyone to occasionally check the MySejahtera app for their appointments.