The pace of Covid-19 immunisation is about to pick up with the start of private GP involvement in the administration of the vaccine. Qualitas Health Klinik Rakan Medik, Kelana Jaya today began vaccinating its first batch of patients.
“We are thrilled to be part of the Covid-19 rollout,” says lead doctor Dr Adleen Che Ani. “We will be vaccinating roughly 90 patients a week, which will then be accelerated once all Qualitas clinics come on board.
“Our team has been thoroughly trained and we look forward to doing our part,” she adds.
Private GP involvement is part of the government’s efforts to quadruple its rate of daily vaccinations to achieve the target of herd immunity by the end of the year.
“The start of private GP involvement is vital,” says Dato’ Dr Noorul Ameen Mohamed Ishack, Founder and Chairman of Qualitas Medical Group. “It will not only allow Malaysia to stay on schedule and ensure we are able to reach our herd immunity targets, but we do hope that it means we can finally fully participate in economic and social activities with our neighbours.
“It is only a matter of time before restrictions are imposed on travelling without being vaccinated. Therefore, we must do everything in our power to keep the pandemic at bay. The faster we vaccinate, the better the chance of economic recovery.”
Qualitas Health, through ProtectHealth Corporation (PHCorp) is one of the first private primary healthcare facility that has been allowed to administer the vaccine. PHCorp has been appointed by the Ministry of Health as the implementer of private medical practitioner participation in the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.
Malaysia has so far averaged 21,200 doses administered in a day since the start of the campaign, with the highest capacity recorded at 40,000 doses.
The move to allow private primary healthcare players into the vaccination programme could not have come fast enough with coronavirus infections showing signs of rising once again. The country registered 2,733 new infections on April 27, taking the total number of confirmed cases to almost 398,451. A total of 1,462 people have died as a result of Covid-19.