Sabah govt: Empty slots utilised to prevent wastage

Giving back: Shahelmey handing over Hari Raya goodies to a journalist at the event.

KOTA KINABALU: The state government has clarified the issue that walk-ins have been allowed to take Covid-19 vaccination.

Last-minute cancellation or a no-show by those with an appointment meant that there was an availability of slots for some people without prior appointment, said state Community Development and People’s Wellbeing Minister Shahelmey Yahya.

“This is done in order to ensure the doses prepared for that day do not go to waste, ” he told reporters after handing over Hari Raya goodies to Sabah media personnel yesterday.

“As we know, the handling of the vaccines is sensitive. So, if we issued a number of them that day based on appointments, they have a shelf life, ” he said.

“There are those who personally went to check their status since they have yet to receive an appointment date, and if there are extra doses that day, we can slot them in.

“But we do not encourage walk-ins.”

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