WAIT UNTIL FEB 2022 TO GET YOUR JAB? NO WONDER THE HUGE NUMBER OF QUEUE-JUMPERS! ‘THAT’S AN EXTREMELY LONG & UNACCEPTABLE WAIT’ – DOCTORS RAP COUP PM’S VACCINE PLAN – URGE FOR ‘PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO BE ALLOWED TO BUY & ADMINISTER VACCINES’

Let us buy and administer vaccines, private hospitals tell govt

PETALING JAYA: The association representing private hospitals in Malaysia has urged the government to allow its members to buy their own supply of Covid-19 vaccines and administer them.

This comes after science, technology, and innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin was reported by CodeBlue as saying there is no immediate provision for private hospitals to buy and run their own vaccination programmes.

“There are also no supplies for private hospitals at the moment. But, we will consider it later,” he was quoted as saying.

In a statement today, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia president Dr Kuljit Singh said private hospitals can procure vaccines from different sources once approvals are granted by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

It said the government’s programme, which is expected to end in February 2022, is “extremely long and unacceptable”.

“Private hospitals could be mobilised very fast to complement the government’s efforts in ensuring the majority of the population is vaccinated in the shortest possible time to assist in achieving ‘herd immunity’.

“This will include utilising the government-endorsed track and trace system to build a database on the provision of vaccinations,” he said.

Kuljit said for every patient that opts to be vaccinated in a private hospital, the government has one less patient to pay for.

He said expatriates and those in the diplomatic community may need to travel for work or business in the near term.

“But the current public vaccination programme will only include them in Phase III which may not be feasible. A private sector vaccination option will assist in these cases,” he said.

He said there will also be companies who want to fund the vaccines for their own employees to better ensure they complete the two-dose regimen, and that the involvement of the private sector can help in this.

“We hope the private hospitals are not ignored in our plea to the government as our motives are not to gain profits but to help out as partners with the government. There is a huge demand from the public to get this working out soon.”

“The availability of vaccines of different types in private hospitals will curtail the occurrence of certain quarters trying to jump queue in the National Immunisation Programme and further depriving those who require to be vaccinated,” he said. -FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

List of queue jumpers will be sent to Khairy, says doctor

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Staff of the National Cancer Institute waiting in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A doctor says he will compile a list of Covid-19 vaccine “queue jumpers” to be sent to Khairy Jamaluddin, the minister coordinating the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme.

This follows reports that some people who were not supposed to receive the vaccine had successfully made it to the list of individuals under the first phase of the programme.

In a Twitter post, Dr Khairul Hafidz said he had received many reports as well as a name list and pictures of people who had tried to beat the queue to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Khairul, who is also the founder and chairman of the MedTweetMy Twitter account, which provides the public with medical information, claimed that some of the queue jumpers were local authority officers and VIPs’ maids and drivers.

“However, I respect the procedure that has been set @officialmosti, therefore we will compile and email to the email (address) provided,” he said.

Khairy has said he will investigate claims that certain groups of people had jump queues to receive the vaccine.

He said it was a serious matter and health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had been informed.

“Whistleblowers can drop me an email, anonymously, at [email protected],” he said, in response to a posting on Twitter by Selayang Hospital nephrologist Dr Rafidah Abdullah.

Rafidah had said that certain people were able to skip the queues to be vaccinated. She said the ministry should consider an independent channel for the public to lodge complaints. FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

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