Selangor govt allows employers to buy vaccines for staff via SELangkah app

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Selangor Task Force Covid-19 executive Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud was quoted as saying that SElangkah has opened the registration process for employers who are interested in getting the vaccine for their staff. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Selangor Task Force Covid-19 executive Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud was quoted as saying that SElangkah has opened the registration process for employers who are interested in getting the vaccine for their staff. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Registration is now open on Selangor’s SELangkah app for employers in the state who want to procure the Covid-19 vaccine for their staff.

A check by Malay Mail of the state’s smart visitor registration system has confirmed the addition of a new section called “SelangkahVax” with detailed steps for interested employers to follow.

News portal Malaysiaini reported today Selangor Task Force Covid-19 executive Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud as announcing the initiative.

“SElangkah has opened the registration process for employers who are interested in getting the vaccine for their staff,” she was quoted as saying in a statement on her Facebook page.

However, it was also reported that Dr Siti Mariah did not clarify which vaccine would be allocated for this initiative or how the state government had managed to procure said vaccine.

This comes after Dr Siti Mariah told Malaysiakini that a viral circular on social media saying that 500,000 Sinovac vaccines had been procured by the state for its residents is false.

She insisted that any official announcement would be made by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari or through the following Facebook pages: Amirudin Shari, Dr Siti Mariah, Selangor Task Force Covid-19, and Media Selangor.

Earlier today, Penang assemblyman Chong Eng called for the decentralisation of the Covid-19 vaccines procurement to speed up the inoculation rate nationwide.

The DAP Women’s wing chairman said the Health Ministry should allow respective state governments and the private sector to procure the Covid-19 vaccines that have been registered with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

Two days ago, it was reported that Sarawak will receive 500,000 doses of Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine, procured by the state government, within a week.

Sarawak Public Health and Housing Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said an additional 500,000 doses of the same vaccine would also be received by the state after that.

On March 16, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was reported as saying that Putrajaya would not object if state governments purchase Covid-19 vaccines for their own immunisation programmes

However, Khairy, who is also in charge of the national Covid-19 immunisation programme, said the problem lies not in the procurement of the vaccines, but their supply.

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