Selangor employers can now purchase COVID-19 vaccine for their staff through the SELangkah app as part of a Selangor government initiative. The initiative is called the Selgate Covid-19 Vaccination Program, and here is more information on how you can enroll your employees in this program 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 Chinese company Sinovac Biotech, and is often compared to UK company AstraZeneca, which is also being rolled out in Malaysia in an effort to speed up our vaccination efforts.
However, the two work in different ways. Here is a brief overview of their differences.
|Produced by||Sinovac Biotech in China||British University of Oxford and AstraZeneca|
|Efficiency||56-65% (according to a trial in Chile)||76% (based on US trials)|
|Dosage||2 doses, 21 days apart||2 doses, 28 days apart|
|Type||Uses inactivated particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 to create an immune response||Chimpanzee adenovirus which carries advanced coronavirus proteins into your 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|
– Fevers / chills
– Inflammation around the spinal cord (rare)
– Hemolytic anemia (rare)
Note that from now on, receiving the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. At this time, only Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is suitable for these recipients.
As the vaccines are still new, their effectiveness is still widely tested and so there is no certainty that one is better than the other. At the end of the day, it’s better to get the vaccine than not to get the vaccine at all.
How can I register my staff for this?
You can register your business there through the SELangkah app (on the Apple App Store here, or the Play Store here) or on the Selangkah VAX website here.
This initiative is facilitated by Selgate Corporation, a healthcare conglomerate spanning healthcare management, hospitals and clinics. It is a 100% subsidiary of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS).
According to information sources, it is open to businesses in Selangor, but we have found that businesses registered in Kuala Lumpur can apply for the program as well. However, it is uncertain whether the Selangor companies will be prioritized first for vaccine dates, or whether or not that matters.
How much does it cost?
As early as the morning of May 18, we clarified the cost of a single Sinovac shot when calling Selgate Corporation directly. We were told the price is currently RM190 per stroke, making it RM380 per person for the 2 doses required.
Upon successful registration, it is mentioned that a quote will be sent by email within the next 3 working days.
How can I make the payment?
After your online registration, you will receive an invoice from the SELCARE clinic. A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. After that, the payment of the remaining 50% must be made at least 14 days before the date of vaccination. Your company staff should also enter their contact information on SELangkah before they are vaccinated.
How do I know if my registration is successful?
Earlier in the day of May 18, the SELangkah app encountered issues while opening registrations. No booking ID was given after employers registered their business.
For those who have encountered this issue, it means your registration has not been confirmed and you will need to re-register and make sure you get a Booking ID as confirmation.
At the time of writing, however, this issue appears to have been resolved.
When will we have the vaccination?
Once your deposit has been processed, the vaccination appointments will be set and you will be notified. The vaccinations will be carried out either at your company office (for companies with more than 1,500 employees) or in a specialized clinic (for companies with less than 1,500 employees).
After the first dose, you will be notified of your second appointment. After receiving your second dose, you can access your vaccination certificate through the SELangkah app or website.
This month alone, we received more than 290,000 vials of Sinovac vaccine, and their use has already been rolled out in vaccination centers (PPVs) across the country.
With this timeline, it is likely that the first time registered companies will be able to obtain the Sinovac vaccine will be in June, with the start of the Selgate Covid-19 vaccination program. However, this is speculation at the moment, no confirmed date has been set so far.
How will this conflict with my registration via MySejahtera?
There is currently no information available online that gives an answer to what will happen with our MySejahtera vaccination records if our SELangkah vaccinations take place first.
Vulcan Post has tried calling Selgate Corporation to clarify this with no success yet, but once we get a response we’ll update this article.
In any case, it is recommended that you get the vaccine available as early as possible, as long as you are eligible. Mass vaccination will be needed to achieve herd immunity and slow COVID-19 infections and deaths across the country and around the world.
For many of us who are not in Phase 1 or 2 of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program, our MySejahtera apps probably don’t even indicate our vaccination eligibility. In addition, it has been reported that phase 3 (for the remaining population aged 18 and over) may have a delayed start.
How can I get more information about this program?
You can check out the Selangkah VAX site, although there isn’t a separate FAQ that provides more information than we’ve described so far.
Alternatively, there is a number for Selgate Corporation that you can call for more information here: +60355217000.
Currently it seems the line is full and our calls could not go through, but it is worth trying several times if you have any urgent questions to clarify about this program.
- You can read more about the Selgate Covid-19 vaccination program here.
- You can read more articles on the COVID-19 vaccine here.
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