KUALA LUMPUR (June 22): ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd will form a strategic partnership with Selgate Healthcare Sdn Bhd to boost the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
ProtectHealth, the company appointed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) as an implementer of the involvement of private medical practitioners in PICK, said it will train 16 Selgate-owned clinics and more than 1,200 of the group’s panel clinics for the vaccination plan, especially those in Selangor.
ProtectHealth is in charge of registering, providing training, monitoring, analysis and reporting, as well as making payments to all private medical practitioners who are involved in the vaccination programme across the country, according to the groups’ joint statement yesterday.
Selgate, a subsidiary of the Selangor State Government, has been mandated to implement the Selangor Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (SVCP) as a support measure to PICK.
Through this partnership, the registration process and the series of trainings required will be conducted by ProtectHealth on an ongoing basis, which will involve more private medical practitioners under Selgate in Selangor to be involved in PICK.
Selgate will gain knowledge on how to initiate the SVCP programme by using vaccines purchased directly from Pharmaniaga Bhd.
Through the procurement of this vaccine, Selgate will focus on critical economic sectors in Selangor, which are sectors that are allowed to operate throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
The groups said this positive synergy is seen as a boost to the government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity with the opening of more PPVs (vaccination centres), as they noted that Selangor recorded the highest daily Covid-19 cases compared to other states over the past few months.
Malaysia administered 140,573 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday (June 20), down from the previous day's 164,282, according to the latest data from the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV).
Of this, 116,514 individuals received their first dose, while the other 24,059 received their second jab.
In total, 5.82 million Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered so far, with 1.61 million people fully vaccinated.
Kuala Lumpur has the highest number of first doses administered at 724,684 as of Sunday, followed by Selangor (642,249), Sarawak (610,485) and Johor (377,190).
Meanwhile, Selangor tops other states with the most number of individuals fully inoculated (having taken the second dose) at 208,031, followed by Sarawak (186,008), Johor (167,469) and Perak (150,200).
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