KOTA KINABALU: Vaccination capacity in Sabah is expected to reach 30,000 people per day next month, as more vaccine administration centres (PPVs) are opened and mobile outreach programmes in remote areas intensified.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the increase from the current capacity of 13,000 people vaccinated daily state-wide will be supported by 16 new PPVs opening this month, complementing the existing 95 (72 health facilities and 23 public facilities).
“With more PPVs opened and outreach programmes to get rural folk registered, coupled with consistent vaccine supply, the state government believes we will reach our herd immunity target of 2.9 million on schedule by year's end,” he told reporters after visiting the Wisma Wanita PPV, one of the 16 new PPVs in the state, on Tuesday (June 15).
Asked if this meant the state is not considering to buy vaccines on its own, he said: "I think there is no need (to do so), because we have sufficient supply coming in every week, and this will increase from July.
“So we do not have a shortage of vaccine supply."
As of Sunday (June 13), 249,945 or 8.5% of the targeted 2,932,700 Sabah population have received their first dose of vaccine.
As of the same day, 670,282 people or 22.9% of the targeted population have registered for immunisation, he added.
Since May 18, the state Health Department has formed 26 teams, one for each district, to get more interior folk registered for vaccination via an outreach programme led by the state Information Department.
The Malaysian Armed Forces is also assisting through its Jiwa Murni programme where medical teams will be sent to far-flung areas in Sabah to vaccinate people, he added, with Long Pasia being the first location on June 24.
“I am also thankful to the Sabah Four-Wheel Drive Association for assisting in bringing health staff to the remote villages,” he added.
On another note, he said the private sector has also begun offering premises to be used for vaccination.
This includes private hospitals Gleneagles and Rafflesia Medical Centre, 36 private clinics and Pacific Sutera Resort.
Under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme, meanwhile, the Sabah International Convention Centre has been selected as a PPV to cater to industrial and economic services workers from July, he added.