PETALING JAYA: About one million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered by the private healthcare sector, says the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia.
Its president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh (pic) said that this information came from ProtectHealth, adding that about 100 private hospitals and 700 general practitioners are involved in the vaccination programme.
ProtectHealth is the Health Ministry-appointed implementer of private medical practitioner participation in the national immunisation programme.
"Most private hospitals have their own vaccination centres operated by their own nurses, doctors and administrative staff.
"Private hospitals have also deployed hundreds of staff members to various mega vaccination centres in Setia Alam, KLCC Convention Centre and Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec).
"We are looking forward to assisting the government similarly in other states to enhance the vaccination process," he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 22).
He added that this was one way for private hospitals to contribute to the mass vaccination programme, given that private hospitals were not able to procure their own vaccines for direct sale to the public.
He said the country was still facing low vaccine supplies, citing an article in The Lancet medical journal which claimed that the Covax facility had failed to ensure equitable vaccine distribution – leading to many countries in the world receiving only small numbers of the vaccines through the platform.