Walk-ins at off-site Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPV) for booster shots will no longer be allowed, according to ProtectHealth Corporation, the government-appointed implementer of private medical practitioner participation in the immunisation programme.
This came after reports of long queues and massive crowds at various PPVs in the Klang Valley after the public rushed to get their third jab of the Covid-19 vaccine even though they did not have appointments.
According to Malay Mail, ProtectHealth chief executive officer Datuk Anas Alam Faizli said that walk-ins will no longer be allowed, with immediate effect. Moving forward, only those with appointments are allowed.
He said that this has to be done to prevent large gatherings at the PPVs and it is against the Covid-19 SOPs as these places simply could not accommodate social distancing.
“We’ve seen a lot of crowds at off-site PPVs under ProtectHealth after the announcement of a shortened vaccine interval to 3 months. We have communicated to our private medical practitioners (PMPs) managing the off-site PPV or outside private medical facilities with suggestions to improve crowd control,” he said.
“For your information, in principle, those with appointments must be prioritised. We allowed walk-ins initially for registrations as a backup list.”
He said those who do not have appointments can register via email or give the PPVs listed on ProtectHealth website a call.
He also said that ProtectHealth is working closely with the Ministry of Health (KKM) and will be opening up more PPVs to provide appointments and maximise vaccinations.
Meanwhile, those who are eligible or urgently seek the booster shots but have not received a MySejahtera appointment can visit ProtectHealth’s website at https://www.protecthealth.com.my.
The public can search for their preferred PPVs at https://vaksincovid.protecthealth.com.my/find and register themselves on the waitlist too.
Individuals are also advised to register at only one PPV in a private health facility to avoid double booking.
Those who have successfully registered will be on a waitlist after registration and contacted by the PPV in the event of an appointment cancellation or no-shows by others who have appointments via MySejahtera.