KUALA LUMPUR (June 18): ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd says it is taking the paid vaccination issue seriously and that it will not hesitate to terminate the contract of private medical practitioners found involved in selling Covid-19 vaccines procured by the government.

ProtectHealth, the company appointed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) as an implementer of the involvement of private medical practitioners in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), also reminded the public in a statement yesterday to not accept any offer of paid vaccination and to make a police report as the vaccine under PICK is provided free by the government.

"The Covid-19 vaccines have been purchased and the cost of administration is fully borne by the government, either in government facilities or private facilities (vaccination centres or PPVs).

"The PICK registration process must be done through the right channel, either through the MySejahtera application, the website www.vaksincovid.gov.my or 1800-888-828. Attendance at PPVs (vaccination centres) is based on an appointment as set in MySejahtera," it said.

The statement came after it was reported earlier yesterday that police had arrested two locals suspected of being involved in offering and selling Covid-19 vaccine packages online on Wednesday.

Bernama quoted Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din as saying that police arrested a man and a woman aged 26 and 27 years after a police report was lodged by a medical officer regarding the activity on Monday.

According to Kamarudin, the two suspects were found offering Covid-19 vaccine packages at RM450 for locals and RM800 for foreigners and based on initial investigations, the activity was conducted through Facebook and phone calls. Meanwhile, interested customers were told they would be registered into the Selangor Covid-19 Vaccination Programme through the SELangkah application.

ProtectHealth, meanwhile, urged the public to always refer to relevant information from the company, The Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV), Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force, MOH, and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Malaysia is currently administering Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines to its citizens.

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