You Can’t Choose Covid-19 Vaccine, Appointment In Private Hospitals

Private hospitals are just like other Covid-19 vaccination sites under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme; there is still no private vaccine rollout.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — The Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) clarified today that the 12 private hospitals selected as Covid-19 vaccination sites do not provide choice of vaccine or appointment slots.

APHM president Dr Kuljit Singh said the process of getting inoculated at private hospitals remains the same as in other vaccination sites (PPV) — like public hospitals or community centres — under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) that currently targets high-risk groups under Phase Two.

Private hospitals have yet to procure their own supply of coronavirus vaccines separate from PICK.

“The procedure and process remain the same, as registration is still through MySejahtera and only those entitled to be vaccinated in Phase 2 will be eligible without an option to pick their hospital or type of vaccine,” Dr Kuljit said in a statement. 

“Private hospitals are just one of the vaccination centres together with the other public hospitals or community centers.”

Dr Kuljit added that “it’s unlikely that private vaccination in private hospitals will occur any time soon, hence we suggest those who are waiting for it to stop doing so.”

ProtectHealth Corporation — a Ministry of Health (MOH) owned company that is managing private medical practitioners registered as vaccinators under PICK — announced yesterday that 12 private hospitals in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, and Sarawak would begin operations from today as PPV, with the combined capacity of 2,250 daily shots to the arm.

  1. KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital (Selangor)
  2. MSU Medical Centre (Selangor)
  3. Nilai Medical Centre (Negeri Sembilan)
  4. Senawang Specialist Hospital (Negeri Sembilan)
  5. UCSI Hospital (Negeri Sembilan)
  6. Mawar Medical Centre (Negeri Sembilan)
  7. KPJ Seremban Specialist Hospital (Negeri Sembilan)
  8. Columbia Asia Hospital – Miri (Sarawak)
  9. KPJ Kuching Specialist Hospital (Sarawak)
  10. Rejang Medical Centre (Sarawak)
  11. Timberland Medical Centre (Sarawak)
  12. Borneo Medical Centre (Sarawak)

Dr Kuljit said more than 100 private hospitals nationwide have registered with ProtectHealth to administer coronavirus vaccines under PICK.

Covid-19 vaccination at these private hospitals is free of charge to the public as the government bears the cost of the vaccines and pays a nominal administration fee to the private hospitals.

“The excess cost will be absorbed solely by the private hospitals. This is a social responsibility that the private hospitals will offer to the public in order to vaccinate our public widely and quickly with the aim of achieving early herd immunity.”

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