Higher Education Ministry to identify public universities, teaching hospitals to be vaccination centres



PETALING JAYA: The Higher Education Ministry has formed a special team to identify public universities (IPTA) and university teaching hospitals that have the potential to be vaccination centres (PPV).

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said the suggestion for turning some higher education institutions (HEI) as PPV is meant to assist the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme by providing more points for citizens to be vaccinated.

“The team will be led by Higher Education director-general Datuk Dr Husaini Omar, and assisted by Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia director Prof Datuk Dr Razman Jarmin, and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre director Prof Dr Nazirah Hasnan.

“The ministry presented the proposal for the creation of HEI PPVs during a special meeting with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force on May 31.

“This HEI PPV model will adopt the model under the Health Ministry, which will involve IPTA, university teaching hospitals, university health centres, and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as the pillar to every HEI PPV, ” she said in a statement on Tuesday (June 1).

The special team, she added, has identified 19 HEI PPVs capable of administering 14,400 doses a day or 432,000 doses a month.

“The ministry is committed to mobilising the IPTA health workforce comprising medical officers, dental officers, pharmacists, medical lecturers, assistant medical officers and nurses to be involved in HEI PPV in an effort to ensure the target of administering 150,000 doses of vaccine a day will be achieved by the end of June, ” she added.

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