ProtectHealth Roping In Private Practitioners, NGOs For Teen Vaccination Programme

Private medical practitioners and NGOs administered 47% of doses under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) remains committed to the continuity of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Adolescents Programme (PICK-Remaja) for adolescents aged 12 to 17 years through the involvement of private medical practitioners and health non-governmental organisations (PMPs and NGOs) via outreach programmes, private health facilities, and walk-ins at selected PPVs. The walk-ins are an avenue to ensure that the PPVs that are still open to be fully utilised.

The vaccination for adolescents was officially launched on September 20, 2021, and has commenced nationwide. The implementation of PICK-Remaja is managed under the Covid-19 Immunisation Taskforce (CITF-A) chaired by Deputy Health Minister Dr Haji Noor Azmi Ghazali.

ProtectHealth CEO Anas Alam Faizli said, “The involvement of PMPs and NGOs has proven to be effective in maximising and achieving vaccination targets. This is evident in the success of PICK (adult), whereby ProtectHealth has contributed 47 per cent of the total vaccination doses through PMPs and NGOs, representing 19,116,154 vaccination doses out of 40,375,056 total vaccination doses. The involvement of PMPs and NGOs complements the involvement of all parties in PICK.”

The percentage contributions of the total vaccinations PMPs and NGOs registered with ProtectHealth in PICK by state are as follows: Kuala Lumpur 88 per cent, Selangor 73 per cent , Johor 60 per cent, Penang 59 per cent, Negeri Sembilan 41 per cent, Melaka 33 per cent, Kedah 27 per cent, Terengganu 27 per cent, Perak 24 per cent, Sarawak 21 per cent, Pahang 20 per cent, Putrajaya 18 per cent, Sabah 15 per cent, Kelantan 12 per cent, and Perlis 6 per cent.

More than 3.2 million teenagers aged 12 to 17 will be involved in PICK-Remaja. Teenagers, especially Form 4 and 5 students, need to be vaccinated as soon as possible before school reopens in October 2021.

PMPs and NGOs will assist the Ministry of Health to speed up the vaccination rate, as they will be involved in the PICK-Remaja programme.

To date, more than 2,200 vaccination centres (PPVs) involving PMPs and NGOs supervised under ProtectHealth have been and are operating nationwide as follows: 1,635 PPVGPs (general practitioners), 31 PPVKPs (specialist clinics), 122 PPVHs (private hospitals), 25 PPVACCs (ambulatory care centres), 120 PPV Integration/Mega, 155 PPVINs (critical economic sectors), and 153 PPV Outreach.

ProtectHealth, as the implementer of PMPs and NGOs, as well as the liaison between private and government in the health sector, will continue to increase the participation of PMPs and NGOs in PICK.

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