KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — The Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) has joined other private hospitals to serve as Covid-19 vaccination sites in Petaling Jaya.
SJMC — which is part of the Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care Group, a government-linked company — said it has well-trained vaccinators who can administer shots to health care workers in Selangor starting from tomorrow.
“It is imperative that the public-private collaboration is fully utilised to ensure the country’s vaccination programme is making swift progress,” SJMC CEO Trish Hogan said in a statement today.
Hogan also stated that SJMC is committed to assisting the government to vaccinate 80 per cent of the Malaysian population to achieve herd immunity in the country.
Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) president Dr Kuljit Singh stated recently that Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and KPJ Tawakkal KL had jointly vaccinated more than 800 health care workers since the first of March.
The collaborative effort with the state health department of Kuala Lumpur was carried out in an orderly manner without any wastage or reported incidents, Dr Kuljit said.
“We truly feel this is an excellent public-private Partnership which will have an increased vaccination numbers in the subsequent weeks in order to complete the first phase by end of this month,” Dr Kuljit said in a press statement.
“This exercise proved that private healthcare has the capability to run the Covid-19 vaccination programme.”
Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said that the government would not yet permit a parallel private Covid-19 vaccination programme, even though local distributors for vaccines from Sinovac and CanSino Biologics want to supply doses to private health care providers in Malaysia.