Selangor employers can now purchase the COVID-19 vaccine for their staff through the SELangkah app in a Selangor government initiative. The initiative is called Selgate Covid-19 Vaccination Program and here is more information on how you can register it with your employees after obtaining their consent.
What vaccine will be given?
Registered employees and employers will receive the Sinovac vaccine through this program. Sinovac is produced by Sinovac Biotech, of China, and is often compared to the British AstraZeneca, which is currently being deployed in Malaysia to try to speed up our vaccination efforts.
However, they both work in different ways. Here is a brief overview of theirs differences.
|Produced by||Sinovac Biotech of China||British University of Oxford and AstraZeneca|
|Effectiveness||56-65% (according to a trial in Chile)||76% (according to US trials)|
|Dose||2 doses, 21 days apart||2 doses, separated by 28 days|
|Type||Uses inactivated particles of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 to create an immune response||Chimpanzee adenovirus that carries coronavirus tip proteins to the body to create an immune response|
|Potential side effects||– Pain and soreness at the injection site
– Fatigue (rare)
– Diarrhea (rare)
– Muscle weakness (rare)
|– Pain at the injection site
– Fever / chills
– Inflammation around the spinal cord (rare)
– Hemolytic anemia (rare)
Please note that, as of now, receiving the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines is it is not advisable for pregnant and nursing mothers. At present, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is suitable for these receptors.
Because vaccines are still new, their effectiveness is still being widely tested, so there is no certainty that one is better than the other. In the end, getting a vaccine is better than not getting vaccinated at all.
How do I register my staff?
This initiative is being facilitated by Selgate Corporation, a conglomerate of the healthcare industry that covers healthcare management, hospitals and clinics. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS).
According to news sources, it is open to companies in Selangor, but we found that companies registered in Kuala Lumpur were also able to enroll in the program. However, it is not known whether Selangor companies will be prioritized first for vaccination dates or whether it is important or not.
How much does it cost?
On the morning of May 18, we clarified the cost of a single shot from Sinovac for a call to Selgate Corporation directly. We were told the price is currently 190 RM per shot, doing so RM380 per person for the 2 necessary doses.
If you register successfully, it is mentioned that a quote will be emailed within the next 3 business days.
How can I make the payment?
After registering online, you will receive an invoice from the SELCARE clinic. A 50% deposit is required to confirm the reservation. After that, payment of the remaining 50% must be made at least 14 days before the date of vaccination. Your company staff should also enter their details about SELangkah before vaccination.
How do I know that I have successfully registered?
In early May 18, the SELangkah app faced problems when opening records. No booking IDs were given after employers registered their businesses.
For those who faced this issue, it means that your registration has not been confirmed and you must re-register and make sure you obtain a booking ID as confirmation.
However, at the time of writing, this issue appears to have been resolved.
When will we get the vaccination?
Once your deposit has been processed, vaccination appointments will be set and you will be informed. Vaccinations will be given at your company office (for companies with more than 1,500 employees) or at an assigned clinic (for companies with less than 1,500 employees).
After the first dose, you will be informed of your appointment with the second dose. After obtaining the second dose, you can access the vaccine certificate through the SELangkah application or website.
Just this month, we received more 290k bottles of the Sinovac vaccine and its use has already been deployed in vaccination centers (PPV) nationwide.
With this timeline, the first registered companies to be able to get the Sinovac shot are likely to be in June when the Selgate Covid-19 vaccination program begins. However, these are speculations at this time, so far no confirmed dates have been set.
How will this clash with my registration via MySejahtera?
There is currently no information available online that answers what will happen to our MySejahtera vaccination records if SELangkah vaccines are first produced.
Vulcan Post has been trying to call Selgate Corporation to clarify it without success, but once we get a response, we will update this piece.
In any case, it is recommended that you get the vaccine that was available before, as long as you are entitled to that vaccine. Mass vaccination will be needed to achieve herd immunity and slow COVID-19 infections and deaths nationwide and globally.
For many of us who are not part of it Phase 1 or 2 of the Covid-19 National Immunization Program, our MySejahtera applications probably do not yet indicate our eligibility for vaccination. In addition, it has been reported that Phase 3 (for the rest of the population aged 18 and over) may have one delayed start.
How can I get more information about this program?
You can view the file One more step towards the VAX site, although there is no independent FAQ that provides more information than the one we have outlined so far.
Alternatively, there is a number for Selgate Corporation that you can call for more information here: +60355217000.
Currently, the line seems to be full and our calls have not been able to pass, but it is worth trying again and again if you have any urgent questions to clarify about this program.
- You can learn more about the Selgate Covid-19 vaccination program here.
- You can read more of our articles related to the COVID-19 vaccine here.
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