Selangor opens Covid-19 vaccine registrations for employers to buy for staff


By Natalie Khoo

Selangor opens Covid-19 vaccine registrations for employers to buy for staff

The Selangor state government has opened registrations for employers who wish to procure Covid-19 vaccines for their employees through the Selangkah app. The initiative is led by Selgate Corporation—a conglomerate in the healthcare industry covering healthcare, hospitals and clinics—under the Selgate Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.

State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Empowerment Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said in a statement on Tuesday that the registration process for employers is now open via Selangkah Vax.

In the same statement, she denied a viral WhatsApp message claiming that the state was rolling out 500,000 doses of China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines for Selangorians.

“All official statements or announcements regarding the Covid-19 vaccine in Selangor state will only be released by YAB Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari (Selangor Minister) or YB Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud (Chairman of Public Health, Unity & Family Development Committee) only,” she reiterated.

Which vaccine will be given?

During a separate press conference today, Dr Siti Mariah revealed that Selangor is in the final stage to procure one of the vaccines approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), which is Pfizer, Sinovac or AstraZeneca.

“The initial doses are 2.5 million doses but Selangor is willing to procure more. Details will be shared by the Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari soon,” she said, adding, “We plan to roll out this programme in June.”

Employers will have to procure the vaccine from the state at their own cost, without state subsidy. It is unclear how much the vaccines will cost per dosage yet (as of time of writing), but Dr Siti told BFM in an interview that it will be “reasonable.”

How to register?

Employers can now register their interest and their number of staff on the Selangkah Vax website or mobile application (available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store), upon which they will receive an invoice from SelCare Clinic within 24 hours. A 50 per cent deposit is required to confirm the booking. Payment for the remaining 50 per cent must be made at least 14 days before the vaccination date. Each staff must input their personal information in Selangkah before vaccination.

Once the deposit has been processed, vaccination appointments will be set and informed via the app. For companies with more than 1,500 employees, the vaccinations will be done by a task force at the respective companies. For companies with less than 1,500 employees, they will be assigned a panel clinic for vaccinations.

After completing both doses, the staff can access their vaccine certificate via the Selangkah mobile app or website. Those vaccinated are advised to report any side effects following their vaccination through the app or website.

It also appears that registrations for individuals and families in Selangor will be open soon. Watch this space for updates.

What if an employee has already registered on MySejahtera?

Dr Siti Mariah said that state authorities will coordinate with MySejahtera to ensure that those receiving vaccines under their companies in Selangor will be taken out of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme wait list.

In any case, it’s recommended that you get whichever vaccine is available earliest to you, as long as you’re eligible for it. Bear in mind that mass vaccination is required to achieve herd immunity and effectively reduce the rate of Covid-19 infections and fatalities. Currently, Malaysia is still far from that given the delay in the supply of vaccines. Moreover, for those of us who aren’t part of Phase 1 or 2 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, or lucky enough to have taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, it is likely that our MySejahtera apps have yet to update our eligibility for vaccination.

Those interested to find out more can reach out to SelCare:

  • Hotline: 1-800-22-6600

For more updates on vaccines in Malaysia, click here.

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