Private hospitals being used as Covid-19 vaccination centres

Private hospitals being used as Covid-19 vaccination centres

Three private hospitals in Selangor are set to become Covid-19 vaccination centres, joining two in Kuala Lumpur which recently started vaccinating frontliners.

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Dr Kuljit Singh said Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and KPJ Tawakal have vaccinated more than 800 health workers since March 1, in collaboration with the federal territory’s health department.

Kuljit said APHM has discussed a similar initiative with the Selangor health department for three more hospitals to start vaccinating frontliners, while similar arrangements are being done in Perak.

He said the vaccinations in the two Kuala Lumpur hospitals had gone well with no wastages or incidents reported, adding that it proved that private hospitals were capable of running the vaccination programme.

“We truly feel this is an excellent public-private partnership which will increase vaccination numbers in the subsequent weeks in order to complete the first phase by the end of this month.

“All frontliners who received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech had their listing determined by the KL health department and the vaccinators were the staff of the different private hospitals within the state,” he said in a statement today.

Kuljit said this was the first step towards private hospitals administering the vaccines to the general public, although this is still being discussed by the government. - FMT