SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan government wants more private clinics to participate in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), says state health committee chairman S. Veerapan.
He said this was especially important for those in rural areas so that more people could be inoculated faster to achieve herd immunity.
Citing an example, he said the majority of private clinics in Tampin near here have not been supportive of the initiative.
“This is highly regrettable because their participation would have helped in getting people to get vaccinated faster,” said Veerapan.
“These private doctors in Tampin could have, among others, helped in the mobile outreach programmes to provide jabs to those living in the many Felda schemes as well as the Orang Asli,” he added in a statement on Wednesday (July 28).
Veerapan added that the situation in Seremban was different, as many private clinics had come forward to take part.
Checks showed that there are 58 private clinics and healthcare facilities in Negri Sembilan which have participated in PICK.
Of these, 47 are in Seremban, five in Port Dickson, three in Jempol, two in Rembau and only one in Tampin, which also covers areas such as Gemencheh and Gemas.
In total, these clinics have the capacity to administer some 4,900 doses a day.
The number of daily doses given out by all health facilities in the state as of July 27 stood at almost 24,000 and the state government has set a target to inoculate 700,000 people by Aug 31.
As of July 27, 549,576 persons have received their first dose, while 217,000 have completed their vaccination.
Asked if private clinics in other districts were supporting PICK, Veerapan said to date, he has only received complaints from residents in Tampin.
“Any private clinic that wants to participate in PICK can contact the state Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force. This is very much encouraged,” he said, expressing hope that more private clinics would come forward.
Veerapan said apart from expediting the vaccination process, private clinics in PICK will also be playing an important role by reducing congestion at other vaccination centres.