PROTECTHEALTH AIMS TO SCREEN 11,818 PENANGITES ELIGIBLE FOR  PeKa B40 SCHEME IN 2022

21 JUNE 2022, PENANG – ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) targets to screen at least 11,818 beneficiaries in Penang, under its programme called Skim Peduli Kesihatan untuk Golongan B40 (Peka B40) for 2022. This target would contribute to the national target this year, which is to screen at least 200,000 beneficiaries under this scheme. This year’s national target is double the total numbers that PeKa B40 achieved in 2021 with 101,673 screenings.

Pursuant to this, ProtectHealth urges those eligible Penangites who are in the bottom 40% income (B40) group, to utilise the PeKa B40 Scheme, enabling them to undergo free health screening and enjoy other health benefits including Health Aid (HA), Completing Cancer Treatment Incentive (CCTI) and Transport Incentive (TI).

ProtectHealth Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli said in Penang, from 15 April 2019 to 31 May 2021, a total of 39,364 individuals have undergone the free health screening.

“Early detection saves lives, so we encourage all eligible beneficiaries in Penang who are entitled for the PeKa B40 scheme, to visit their nearest clinic and undergo the free health screening. Members of the public may check their eligibility, by keying their IC number on our website at https://kelayakan.pekab40.com.my/semakan-kelayakan, ” he said during PeKa B40 Outreach Programme at Dewan Pusat Kegiatan Masyarakat Valdor, here today, adding that the Outreach programme is part of the current nationwide programme called National Health Screening Initiative (NHSI) targeted to boost the health screening awareness and numbers in Malaysia.

Dato’ Dr. Anas also highlighted that the numbers of beneficiaries screened between 1 January to 31 May last year had increased by 58.3 per cent from 1,573 to 2,490 people, as compared to the corresponding period this year.

“If there’s anything that we can learn from the pandemic is that those with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) faces the most severe consequences from COVID-19. As such, it is very important to screen early and have a mindset change to seeking better health literacy and increasing awareness. Furthermore, now our nation is in the endemicity phase, and there is nothing to prevent Penangites from being screened as all the machinery had been established,” he said.

Currently in Penang, the PeKa B40 scheme is supported by 177 general practitioners, 27 government clinics (Klinik Kesihatan) 8 government hospitals and 15 pathology labs.

Since its inception in 2019, PeKa B40 was designed to focus on early detection of NCD amongst the B40. The PeKa B40 Scheme would minimise beneficiaries from incurring high costs in medical expenses, apart from them becoming more aware of their overall health status.

“Financial constraint is the main factor that hinders B40 families from obtaining appropriate healthcare, the reason why they need to make use of this scheme, and to detect any underlying health issues that they may have.

“Early detection would also mitigate the repercussions of NCDs, affecting the quality of life of individuals. The growing trend of NCDs has caused a negative impact on the economic growth of the nation. Hence, we have been embarking on a series of engagements and outreaches throughout the country, to spread the awareness of PeKa B40 and making the programme more accessible to the Rakyat,” stated Dato’ Dr. Anas.

Pursuant to the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s announcement during the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will launch a National Health Screening Initiative (NHSI) in July to encourage members of the public to conduct health screenings and detect NCDs in Malaysia.

ProtectHealth through PeKa B40 will continue to work hand in hand with private medical practitioners and Healthcare NGOs to maximise the implementation of the NHSI.


Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

PROTECTHEALTH CONTINUES AGGRESSIVE EFFORTS FOR PeKa B40 IN LABUAN

7 JUNE 2022, LABUAN – Pursuant to the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s announcement during the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will launch a National Health Screening Initiative (NHSI) in July to detect non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Malaysia.

ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd (ProtectHealth) through private medical practitioners and Healthcare NGOs will work together with the MOH to maximise the implementation of the NHSI in order to attain the target.

In conjunction with the NHSI, ProtectHealth has since last year been embarking on a series of engagements with all the states in the country through its programme called Skim Peduli Kesihatan untuk Kumpulan B40 or known as PeKa B40 to spread the awareness of the importance of health screening.

One of the engagements was with the Federal Territory of Labuan Health Department, which was held today with Dr. Mohd Zaki Bin Ab Hamid, Deputy Director of State Health (Public Health) Labuan, Dr. Noorharizan binti Harun, Deputy Director of State Health (Medical Division) Labuan, Dr.Viviane Vincy Lodin, Head of Family Health Development Section, Public Health Division, Dr. Azrah Binti Hamzah, Supervisor for Primary Health Clinic and Dr.Sabrina Dhanamani Daniel, Head of Development Section, Public Health Division and also with seven participating General Practitioners in Labuan. 

ProtectHealth Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli announced that in Labuan, as of 30 April 2022, a total of 506 (4%) beneficiaries have been screened under the PeKa B40 Scheme since it was started in 2019.

“However, there are more than 12,631 who are eligible but haven’t taken the opportunity to do the health screening under the PeKa B40 in Labuan. Early detection prevents complications and saves lives. As such, we encourage all Labuan B40 population to visit any of the participating clinics to get the free screening.” he told the media during the press briefing at Millennium Clinic, here today.

Dato’ Dr Anas also visited four other clinics under PeKa B40 to observe the health screenings of several beneficiaries.  

From the total screenings in Malaysia, it is reported that 40 percent of the beneficiaries were diagnosed with at least one NCD.


Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

SECOND COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSE AVAILABLE TO ALL ABOVE 60 YEARS AND FOR  HIGH-RISK ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS

13 MAY 2022 – As announced by YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Health Malaysia on 11 May 2022, all adults above 60 years old can now obtain a second dose of the COVD-19 booster after four (4) to six (6) months from their first booster dose.

In addition, adults aged 18-59 years old, and adolescents aged 12-17 years old with clinical risk of severe disease (chronic heart, lung, kidney, liver, etc.) who have high risk of developing severe symptoms or even succumbing to death due to COVID-19 infection can obtain their second booster dose after four (4) to six (6) months from their first booster dose as advised by a medical professional.

ProtectHealth Corporaion Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli said the decision to roll out the administration of the second booster shot was made after the Technical Working Group looked into the scientific studies that vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 infection wanes significantly.

“Studies have shown that vaccine efficacy against hospitalisation is favourable for at least five months. However, two doses of COVID-19 vaccine during primary series with a booster still provides durable protection against the most severe outcomes in adults,” he said.

Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli also highlighted that the second booster dose is voluntary and given for free under the COVID-19 National Immunisation Programme (PICK).

“If you’re helping the senior citizens and those high-risk individuals to obtain their second booster dose, you’re taking a huge step towards safeguarding your health and the health of your family, neighbours, and the community. Let’s together keep protecting our most vulnerable groups.”

As of 11 May 2022, a total of 11,653 doses of second booster have been administered to adults aged 60 years and above.

ProtectHealth through private medical practitioners and Healthcare NGOs will continue to assist and work together with the Ministry of Health to maximise and expedite the implementation of the second booster dose and encourages PMPs to participate in the programme.


Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

SECOND COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSE AVAILABLE FOR HIGH-RISK ELDERLY AND BOOSTER DOSE FOR MODERATE AND IMMUNOCOMPROMISED ADOLESCENTS

15 APRIL 2022 – As announced by YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Health Malaysia on 14 April 2022, those above 60 years old with high comorbidities (Appendix 1) who are more susceptible to severe COVID-19 infection can now obtain a second dose of the COVID-19 booster after four (4) to six (6) months obtaining the first booster dose.

Also, following the announcement, adolescents aged 12 years old with moderate or severe immunocompromised (Appendix 2) may get their booster dose at least 28 days after completing their second vaccine.

Meanwhile, healthy elderlies above 60 years old without high comorbidities could only opt for the second booster dose on the advice of a medical professional.

The vaccine that will be used for the implementation of the second booster dose is the Pfizer-BioNTech (mRNA Comirnaty) Covid-19 vaccine.

The decision to roll out the administration of the second booster shot was made after the Technical Working Group looked into the scientific studies as well as studies carried out by the Malaysia cohort on those aged 60 and above with lung disease, heart disease, kidney illness, liver disease and diabetics who have high risk of developing severe symptoms or dying due to Covid-19.

Other than that, the Ministry of Health (MOH) also allows adult individuals who plan to travel overseas to obtain their second booster dose at lFor senior citizens who have completed their primary vaccination and booster jab but who have contracted COVID-19, they may apply for the second booster injection three (3) months after recovering from the virus.

ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli highlighted that the second booster dose is voluntary and given for free under the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (PICK).

“We welcome this development, as the objective of administering the second booster dose is to ensure an optimum protection level for the elderly and high-risk individuals, being the most vulnerable groups.

“As we transition into endemicity, it is very important to continue protecting our most vulnerable population and this is one of such efforts. In addition, we have also received many queries and requests from the public about the second booster dose.

“In view of the upcoming Hari Raya festivity, I strongly advise those high-risk individuals to obtain better self-protection against the COVID-19 virus by obtaining their second booster dose vaccine,” he said.

As of 14 April 2022, a total of 15.9 million doses of booster have been administered and 12.3 million doses or 77.4% were contributed by Private Medical Practitioners (PMPs) and Healthcare Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) under ProtectHealth.

ProtectHealth through private medical practitioners and healthcare NGOs will continue to assist and work together with the MOH to maximise and expedite the implementation of the second booster dose and encourages PMPs to participate in the programme.


Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

HOME VACCINATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS UNABLE TO GO TO PPVs

25 MARCH 2022 – As announced by the Minister of Heath YB Khairy Jamaluddin on March 17, 2022, senior citizens are advised to go for the COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot for better self-protection against the virus, especially with the start of Ramadan.

ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) is fully aware of the situation for some senior citizens and understand they may not be able to make their way to the PPV due to logistical issues. As such, ProtectHealth will assist the elderlies to obtain their booster shot by providing vaccination service at the comfort of their home by utilizing an existing programme called HOME VACCINATION.

The Home Vaccination service is a Government initiative, to expand the coverage and expedite booster dose vaccinations before the full vaccination privileges are withdrawn from those vaccine recipients who do not obtain the booster dose by 31 March 2022 and to protect the elderlies as they are the vulnerable groups.

During the fasting month, many senior citizens are expected to assemble at the mosques to perform Tarawih prayers and attend gatherings either indoors or outdoors. With these situations occurring over a prolonged period, and usually in close proximity there  are high possibilities in the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Those who are interested can register through these methods:

  1. NATIONAL HOTLINE FOR HOME VACCINATION

This is a collaborative effort between ProtectHealth and Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) calling for all Malaysians/Non-Malaysians to register their elderly dependents who are unable to proceed to the PPV.

Any member of the public who are known to have elderly at home yet to obtain their vaccination appointment can call the hotline number at 1700-811-007 daily starting March 28, 2022 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Alternatively, members of the public can drop a text via WhatsApp at +60126787911 and they will receive a response within 1 – 3 days.

  1. REGISTER VIA PROTECTHEALTH WEBSITE AT https://vaksincovid.protecthealth.com.my/register_vaccinee
  1. MYSEJAHTERA HELPDESK APP
  • Go to Helpdesk
  • Click option A – Booster Vaccination Appointment
  • Click option C – I am/my dependent is bedridden and requires vaccination at home

ProtectHealth Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli advises those elderlies to obtain their booster dose immediately to ensure that the transition to the endemic phase commencing April 1 can be implemented safely, and before the status of their certificate on their MySejahtera application turns to incomplete.

“For those who have not been boosted yet, the colour of the vaccination certificate in the MySejahtera application will change to White if they have not taken the booster dose before April 1. With the introduction of Home Vaccination, we want to provide a hassle-free and seamless experience for those elderlies unable to access the PPVs.

“Indeed, the Omicron wave is not seen as aggressive as Delta, but for the elderly, especially those with comorbidities, it will not be a mild disease as this can lead to death. As such, we appeal to members of the public to ensure your parents are protected against the COVID-19 virus. Please protect your loved ones, and by doing this, we will protect everyone and the communities,” he said.

As of 24 March 2022, a total of 15.5 million doses of booster have been administered and 12 million doses or 77.4% were contributed by Private Medical Practitioners (PMPs) and Healthcare Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) under ProtectHealth.

ProtectHealth through private medical practitioners and healthcare NGOs will continue to assist and work together with the Ministry of Health to expedite and maximise the implementation of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) Booster.


Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

PROTECTHEALTH, TERAJU FORM STRATEGIC COLLABORATION FOR PEKA B40 PROGRAMME

23 MARCH 2022 – ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth), a not-for-profit company under the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (TERAJU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting greater awareness of the Skim Peduli Kesihatan untuk Kumpulan B40 (PeKa B40) programme. In this strategic arrangement, TERAJU will identify the clinics that will participate in this programme, to increase the reach to the underserved Bumiputera B40 communities throughout the nation. 

ProtectHealth is the healthcare scheme administrator for PeKa B40, an initiative to address the growing trend of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), specifically among the lower-income population. The primary aim is for early detection of NCDs and early intervention. With the soaring costs of healthcare due to many factors, one of the groups that is heavily impacted is the B40. Therefore, through the PeKa B40 programme, those qualified beneficiaries can take up the benefits ranging from free health screening, free medical equipment support, incentives for cancer treatment as well as transportation incentives. ProtectHealth is the first in the country that is successful in purchasing services from both public and private healthcare providers and has generated massive cost savings to the government.

“We are focused on bringing the PeKa B40 closer to the public and through our collaboration with TERAJU, we are able to increase the accessibility of the programme throughout the nation. TERAJU as our strategic partner will enhance our network, in reaching out to more beneficiaries who can enjoy the benefits of PeKa B40. Insyaallah this will also pave the way in partnering with TERAJU in other strategic business areas,” said Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli, Chief Executive Officer of ProtectHealth. 

“The success of the PeKa B40 programme is evident when Malaysia’s “whole-of-government” and “whole-of-society” approach comes into fruition. We will continue to engage with other key stakeholders to ensure no one gets left behind,” added Dato’ Dr. Anas.

Meanwhile, Encik Md Silmi Abd Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of TERAJU said “The partnership we formed with ProtectHealth today, is the perfect example on how the Government’s strategic delivery can be extended further to the targeted beneficiaries through TERAJU’s ecosystem to the underserved B40 Bumiputera communities. In Sabah alone, the PeKa B40 is estimated to reach more than 400,000 Bumiputera in various parts of the territory.   Meanwhile, in Sarawak 480,000 Bumiputera will also benefit from this. TERAJU will continue to push these social protection initiatives into other states as part of our engagement as a leading Bumiputera affirmative action agency and helping to increase Bumiputera community’s wealth.” 

Over 567,956 people from the B40 group have been screened under the PeKa B40 programme but there are still 5.9 million Malaysians who are qualified and yet to participate in the PeKa B40 programme. 

“During this pandemic, many infected with COVID-19 didn’t know that they have NCD. Thus, it is important to always know our health condition by undergoing a regular health screening, especially during this pandemic.

“Let’s not forget even though we are transitioning into the endemic phase of Covid-19, yet one of the main and ongoing issues amongst the public is in inculcating a health seeking behaviour and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This strategic collaboration between ProtectHealth and TERAJU also acts as a catalyst in driving the nation towards healthier living.  NCD has always been one of the biggest fears in our society, and the PeKa B40 programme would encourage early detection and intervention”, Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli added. 

For more information on Peka B40 and eligibility, visit www.PekaB40.com.my

Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

PAEDIATRICIANS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ALLOWED TO ADMINISTER COVID-19 VACCINE TO CHILDREN

22 MARCH 2022 – ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) would like to highlight that since the beginning of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), paediatricians have always been allowed to administer vaccination. On 8 March 2021, GPs were invited to participate in PICK followed by private hospitals on 30 March 2021. On 30 April 2021, the Ministry of Health agreed to allow specialist clinics and ambulatory care centres to be involved in PICK.

Pursuant to the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids), ProtectHealth has issued a press release to encourage Private Paediatricians and Private Specialist Clinics to participate in the programme, to assist and work together with ProtectHealth in maximising the implementation of PICKids in a press release issued on 31 January 2022. (Please refer to the embedded link of the press release)

ProtectHealth would also like to highlight that Paediatricians can vaccinate at any of our PPVs and they can join as a participating Specialist Clinic, or if Paediatricians are providing services in Private Hospitals, they can participate through PPV Private Hospitals. 

“To date, over 900 GPs, 48 private hospitals and 4 paediatric specialist clinics are on board for the PICKids programme.  We urge more Paediatricians to join in this national agenda to protect our families. Please visit our website at https://vaksincovid.protecthealth.com.my for registration to provide the vaccination service.

“Children cases in COVID-19 have been increasing rapidly including severe conditions and fatalities. We are also worried about the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) in children. As such, we appeal to parents to ensure your children are protected against the COVID-19 virus. Please protect our children, our family, and by doing this we will protect everyone” said ProtectHealth Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr Anas Alam Faizli.

Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

BOOSTER DOSE BOOKING APPOINTMENT AVAILABLE VIA MYSEJAHTERA

18 MARCH 2022 – Booster dose appointments can now be made through the Booking Management System via MySejahtera app for appointment slots from March 21, 2022 (Monday) onwards, nationwide.

Following this, members of the public will be able to choose their preferred PPV as well as the date and time for booster dose vaccination via the app. 

This booking for vaccination appointment is a Government initiative moving forward for the programme, compared to appointments issued by MySejahtera previously, to expand the coverage and expedite the booster dose vaccinations before the full vaccination privileges will be withdrawn from vaccine recipients who do not obtain the booster dose by 31 March 2022.

These are the steps to be taken:

  1. Go to the MySejahtera app home screen and tap on COVID-19 vaccination. 
  2. Select the link ‘Click here to book your appointment’.
  3. Choose PPV name and address.
  4. Select an available vaccination slot (date and time). Click ‘See more’ for the appointment slots.
  5. Before clicking ‘Confirm’, ensure that the details are correct (i.e. type of vaccine, place of vaccination, date and time of vaccination).
  6. A confirmed vaccination slot will be reflected accordingly.
  7. Obtain your booster dose at the selected PPV based on the location and appointment slot selected.

ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli hopes this will it make easier for members of the public to select their preferred time and location to receive their booster dose.

“To ensure that the transition to the endemic phase commencing 1 April 2022 can be implemented safely, the focus is to foster community awareness and individual responsibility for compliance with SOPs and expand access to existing vaccination programmes, especially for senior citizens.

“Unvaccinated or unboosted elderlies with comorbidities have a higher risk of death if they contracted COVID-19. As Ramadhan is approaching soon, I advise everyone to get boosted as quickly as possible. Let’s protect our parents and family. Let’s increase our protection level before we enter the transition to the endemic phase.” he said.

You may also find your preferred PPV for the booster dose under ProtectHealth as reference list on our website ‘Find Vaccination Centre (PPV)’ at www.protecthealth.com.my . The list of PPVs will be updated from time to time.

To date, there are 2039 private health facility PPVs (private clinics, private specialist hospitals, private hospitals and ambulatory care centres) and 99 off-site PPVs under ProtectHealth are providing booster dose vaccinations.

As of 16 March 2022, a total of 15.3 million doses of vaccination for booster have been administered and 82.4% or 11.9 million were contributed by Private Medical Practitioners (PMPs) and Healthcare Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) under ProtectHealth.

Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

MORE OFFSITE PPVs TO WIND DOWN OPERATIONS

9 MARCH 2022 – With the nation reaching over 64 percent of adults having received their booster vaccination, Offsite PPVs for COVID-19 vaccine booster dose registered under ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (ProtectHealth) will gradually cease their operations starting March 2022. The Offsite PPVs were opened to accelerate the booster dose programme and have achieved this objective, whilst the remaining vaccination will be undertaken by the Onsite PPVs.

ProtectHealth is committed to carrying out the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) by maintaining onsite PPVs and several Offsite PPVs to administer booster doses to the nation. Currently, under ProtectHealth there are 1,102 onsite PPVs and 111 offsite PPVs operating this week.

Previously, over 2,000 PPVs registered under ProtectHealth had been tasked to administer the booster dose. Following this, those planning to obtain their booster or primary series vaccination (dose 1 and 2), shots have been advised to check the list of the PPVs at ProtectHealth’s website: www.protecthealth.com.my to avoid any inconvenience. The list of the PPVs registered with ProtectHealth will be updated from time to time.

ProtectHealth’s Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli urges those who have not obtained their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to immediately receive their shots, as the vaccine is proven to reduce the severity of the disease as well as reduce hospitalisation rate and fatality.

ProtectHealth Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli advises parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect them from serious complications, particularly Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

“Most of the Offsite PPVs venues were at the community and convention halls, shopping malls, etc. It was convenient for Members of the Public to receive their booster dose as there were many options to walk-in. However, many of the Offsite PPVs will gradually wind down their operations.

“We strongly encourage everyone to immediately get your booster dose. Also, with the present Omicron wave, vaccination is the best defence to prevent those infected from having severe symptoms. Please protect yourself, your family and everyone. Protect your health,” he said.

As of March 7, 2022, over 15 million booster doses have been administered and 77.5% or 11.6 million doses were contributed by Private Medical Practitioners (PMPs) and Healthcare Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) under ProtectHealth.

Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.

PICKids REGISTRATION VIA BOOKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

4 MARCH 2022 – Pursuant to the announcement made by the Deputy Health Minister Dato’ Dr. Noor Azmi Ghazali on March 3, 2022, the Booking Management System will be made available nationwide, via the MySejahtera app for parents or guardians to register their children for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) effective March 7, 2022 (Monday). Previously, this system for PICKids has been rolled out only in the Klang Valley since it was launched on February 3, 2022. This is a continuous Government effort in ensuring the wellbeing and health of children including protection against the Omicron variant.

After the child is registered as a vaccination dependent, parents or guardians will be able to choose their preferred PPV to book vaccination appointments at selected PPVs via the MySejahtera app. You may book an appointment by selecting PPV based on location and then select the preferred date and time of the appointment.  

It is recommended to update the app to the latest version before proceeding to book an appointment through the Booking Management System.

These are the steps to be taken:

  1. Register your child as your vaccine dependent.
  2. Go to the MySejahtera app home screen and then tap on COVID-19 vaccination. 
  3. Click on your child’s name you wish to have the vaccine administered.
  4. Click on the blue link ‘Click here to book your dependant’s appointment’.
  5. Confirm and declare that your dependent has never experienced severe allergies and is not on blood-thinning medication. If you answer no to any of them, your dependent will be required to undergo a pre-vaccination assessment.
  6. If both boxes are ticked, you may proceed to select the vaccine type and preferred vaccination centre. For younger children, you should pick Pfizer (children) as the vaccine type.
  7. Select PPV name and address.
  8. Select an available vaccination slot for your child. Click ‘See more’ for more appointment slots.
  9. Before clicking ‘Confirm’, ensure that the details are correct (i.e. type of vaccine, place of vaccination, date and time of vaccination).
  10. A confirmed vaccination slot will be reflected accordingly.

ProtectHealth Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Anas Alam Faizli advises parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect them from serious complications, particularly Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

“In February, it was reported that seven children aged 18 and below in Malaysia have died of MIS-C due to Covid-19 infections and the cases have also been on an upward trend.

“Research has proven that the Pfizer vaccine on children aged five to 11 years old is effective and able to enhance immunity and reduce the risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Please protect your family,” he said.

Parents or guardians may also find preferred PPV for PICKids under ProtectHealth as reference list on our website ‘Find Vaccination Centre (PPV)’ at www.protecthealth.com.my To date, 821 private health facility PPVs (private clinics, private specialist hospitals, private hospitals and ambulatory care centres) and 91 off-site PPVs under ProtectHealth are providing PICKids vaccinations.

As of 28th February 2022, a total of 879,264 doses of vaccination for PICKids have been administered since its commencement on 3rd February 2022 and 568, 731 or 64.6% were contributed by Private Medical Practitioners (PMPs) and Healthcare Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) under ProtectHealth.

PROTECTHEALTH CORPORATION SDN. BHD.