SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan government wants more private clinics, especially those in rural areas, to participate in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says state health committee chairman S. Veerapan.
He said this was important so that more people could be inoculated to achieve herd immunity more quickly. Citing an example, he said the majority of private clinics in Tampin, near here, had not been supportive of the initiative.
“This is highly regrettable because their participation would have helped in getting people vaccinated faster.
“These private doctors in Tampin can help in the mobile outreach programme to provide jabs to those living in the many Felda schemes as well as the Orang Asli,” he added.
The situation here, said Veerapan, was different as many private clinics had come forward to take part in the national programme.
Checks showed that there are 58 private clinics and healthcare facilities in Negri Sembilan that have participated in the programme.
In total, these clinics have the capacity to dispense some 4,900 shots a day. The state government has set a target to inoculate 700,000 people by Aug 31.