by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH/ pic by AFP
The vaccine distribution by the private healthcare groups is expected to match the daily target capacity of the government’s Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) by next month, handling about 145,000 jabs a day.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said currently, the private healthcare groups who have registered with ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd are administering about 10.2% of the total vaccine supply, or 66,000 doses a day.
“As of June 11, 430,219 doses out of the 4.23 million doses are being administered by the private medical practitioners registered under ProtectHealth Corp, which is equivalent to 10.2%.
“The private medical practitioner will contribute 66,000 doses a day this week and the amount will increase to 78,000 a day from June 23.
“Our projection is for the private medical practitioners to contribute 145,000 doses per day by July,” he said in a virtual press briefing today.
Previously, Khairy Jamaluddin said about 1,000 general practitioners (GP) clinics and private hospitals are expected to administer Covid-19 vaccine distribution by the end of the month.
He said about 2,500 GP clinics and private hospitals have registered to assist the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and operate as a PPV while 1,800 had received the training for handling Covid-19 vaccines.
He added that the government has also eased the registration process for GPs to become a PPV as they no longer require Health Ministry’s pre-approval while the observation visit, which previously required to be conducted before the PPV is set up, could now be made after the PPVs begins operation.