DoctorOnCall, Pfizer, UOB Malaysia work together to improve children’s access to the pneumococcal vaccine


KUALA LUMPUR, June 23rd – DoctorOnCall, Pfizer and UOB Malaysia have started ASK4VACCINE”, a funding program aimed at improving children’s access to the pneumococcal vaccine in Malaysia.

The ASK4VACCINE” Program enables Malaysian parents to protect their children from pneumococcal pneumonia through a 12-month interest-free installment plan.

Pneumonia kills more children worldwide than any other infectious disease and kills over 800,000 children under the age of five each year, or about 2,200 a day.

Pneumonia is one of the top five causes of childhood death in Malaysia. Streptococcus pneumoniae, also called pneumococcal bacteria, is one of the most common causes of bacterial pneumonia.

The good news is that vaccination can prevent pneumococcal disease.

“At Pfizer, we believe that no child should have a vaccine-preventable disease. For over a century, our vaccines have helped protect many people from life-threatening infectious diseases such as pneumococcal pneumonia, ”said Luksanawan Thangpaibool, Country Manager, Pfizer Malaysia and Brunei.

“Today we are proud to partner with DoctorOnCall and UOB Malaysia to raise awareness and reduce the financial burden on parents of protecting their children from pneumococcal disease,” she added.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the livelihoods of many Malaysians across the country. Given that some may face challenges during this time, the ASK4VACCINE program, reserved exclusively for UOB Malaysia credit card holders, aims to provide payment flexibility through its 12 month interest-free installment plan.

With this plan, parents will have less to worry about ensuring their children have access to quality health care and protecting them from disease.

In addition, taxpayers can claim an income tax reduction of up to RM 1,000 for pneumococcal vaccination for themselves, spouses and children.

“At UOB Malaysia, we strive to stand by our customers and offer help in times of need. We understand the importance of having access to affordable vaccines, which is why we worked with DoctorOnCall and Pfizer to offer the ASKFORVACCINE program, “said Ronnie Lim, Managing Director and Country Head, Personal Financial Services, UOB Malaysia.

“With the 12-month interest-free installment plan we offer, we enable our customers to protect the health of their children and their finances at the same time. Our customers have more flexibility in managing their money without sacrificing the wellbeing of their children, ”added Lim.

To help the public learn more about vaccines and vaccinations, and to help clear up some of the common misconceptions around the topic, the information is available on the DoctorOnCall website with informational articles and videos, as well as a free doctor consultation initiative.

“Promoting public health literacy and improving the affordability of health care with a positive patient experience is the cornerstone of building DoctorOnCall, a sustainable digital health platform for Malaysians,” said Chiak Tang, COO of DoctorOnCall.

“We are excited to be part of this tripartite collaboration with Pfizer and UOB Malaysia. Together we hope to see a future in which all children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases such as pneumococcal pneumonia, ”added Chiak.

For further information on the “ASK4VACCINE” program and the participating clinics and hospitals, please click Here.


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