KOTA KINABALU: The state government has taken necessary preparations to ensure the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme succeeds, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
He said the state has formed a Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force under state secretary Datuk Safar Untong.
Hajiji said similar committees at the district level have also been formed to implement the vaccination drive in respective areas.
This included the need to set up mobile units for the inoculation drive but also registering people in far-flung and remote areas of the state.
"Sabah has done the necessary preparations and ready to implement the vaccination drive," he said during a meeting via video conferencing with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who is also the co-chair of the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply here on Thursday (Feb 25).
Hajiji said steps have also been taken to disseminate information on the programme in various ethnic languages to the grassroots through the Information Department network in the state.
"The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived in Sabah today (Feb 25) and the vaccination programme will be carried out under three phases with the first phase for frontliners (104,130 people), the second phase for the high-risk group (estimated at 268,000) and the third phase for those 18 years old and above (estimated at 2.7 million)," he said.
He also said 95 vaccine dispensing centres (93 under the Ministry of Health and 102 others) have been set up in Sabah.
In this respect, Hajiji advised Sabahans to register for the programme to facilitate the vaccination programme that could effectively break the pandemic chain of infections.
Registrations could be done through the MySejahtera or www.vaksincovid.gov.my website, while those without smartphones, particularly senior citizens could be registered as a dependent through their children.
Registrations could also be done manually at the nearest public health facilities such as hospitals, district health offices or health clinics.
"So far, only about 30% of senior citizens aged 60 and above have registered in MySejahtera for the immunisation programme in Sabah," said Hajiji in urging more people to register.
On the issue of the vaccines for foreign workers in Sabah, Hajiji called for full cooperation from employers, similar to efforts done to get foreign workers to get swabbed for Covid-19 earlier.
"We have also informed the security forces that this is not the time to check documents... we need to get all in Sabah vaccinated. We will still not be safe if there are those residing in Sabah not vaccinated," he added.