KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — The government has appointed ProtectHealth Corporation, a company owned by the Ministry of Health (MOH), to manage the role of private general practitioners (GPs) in the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
GPs who wish to be vaccinators can register from today onwards on ProtectHealth Corporation’s website, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said today.
They will be involved as vaccinators in the second and third phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme that will begin in April and August respectively.
The second phase is targeted for 9.4 million people who are aged 60 and above and those who have comorbidities, while the third phase is targeted for all those above the age of 18.
“For this purpose, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has appointed ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd as an executor for the involvement of private GPs in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme,” Dr Adham said during a press conference by the Covid-19 Vaccine Access Supply Committee (JKJAV) today.
“The scope of duty that will be carried out by ProtectHealth include registering GPs into the programme; secondly, handling the payment; thirdly, to conduct training; fourthly, to give a manual, as well as coordinating the vaccination programme by GPs.”
He did not specify how much GPs would be paid to administer Covid-19 vaccines.
Dr Adham said ProtectHealth was established on December 19, 2016 under MOH as a non-profit company. It has also handled the Peka B40 health screening programme for the bottom 40 per cent (B40).
Besides providing free health screenings at private clinics, Peka B40 also provided financial aid for those with non-communicable diseases.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and MOH secretary-general Mohd Shafiq Abdullah are among the few on the board of directors of ProtectHealth Corporation.