Dear beloved members and colleagues,
Greetings from Malaysian Dental Association (MDA). The National COVID-19 Immunisation Program which has started since late February 2021 is now entering the second phase. Congratulations to all our colleagues who have already completed their COVID-19 vaccination, and this includes staffs in the respective clinics. The Association has been constantly “feeding” additional name lists, members and non-members alike, to all the respective State Health Department for listing and notifications. A big “thank you” to the MOH and MOSTI.
On the other hand, the Association is saddened and has been constantly alerted by our colleagues from the private sector that many are still waiting for notification for the vaccination appointment, even at press time. This matter is indeed of concern to the Association as our profession deals in close proximity of the oral – facial region of the patients with most of our procedures generate aerosol. Hence, this matter was highlighted to YB Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation & Coordinating Minister for National COVID-19 Immunisation Program. YB Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin has personally contacted me to assure that this matter will be looked at and resolved as quickly as possible. Following on, the nationwide listing from MDA was sent to Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) for cross check to “pick – up” those names that were still not called for appointment. Also, in the last attempt to “mop” all those private dental practitioners who have not submitted their names to MDA and also to those who are still waiting for notification for vaccination, the COVID-19 Immunization Task Force has advised that they can personally contact or walk-in to the nearest Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah to arrange for the vaccination appointment for themselves and also for their staffs. Colleagues are advised to bring along documentations for verification purposes. Please kindly visit this website for contact details of the Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah in the country.
Yours in MDA,
Kei Joe LEONG