Sabah on schedule to vaccinate 60% of population, says CM


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is on track to get 60% of its population vaccinated by October, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

He said the target number per day has actually exceeded expectations for four consecutive days beginning July 21.

This is based on the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) Outreach Vaccination Programme figures.

On July 21, the number of people who got their first or second dose was 31,375, while this increased to 32,293 on July 22, 35,749 on July 23 and 32,504 on July 24.

"With the anticipated arrival of the single dose CanSino vaccine next month, Sabah is well on course to achieve the target," said Hajiji after visiting the Keningau district vaccine administration centre (PPV) at the Keningau Sports Complex on Tuesday (july 27).

He also disclosed that Sabah will be receiving one million doses of the Pfizer vaccines and was expecting the delivery of 1.8 million CanSino vaccines it has requested by next month.

On related matters, he said the opening of the state's first integrated mega PPV on July 28 at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) in Kota Kinabalu would further boost the state's vaccination rate.

Together with the existing Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas) for industrial workers, the integrated mega PPV involving two private health care organisations is expected to ramp up vaccination from 1,500 up to 10,000 daily, Hajiji said.

During the event, he also handed over the Bantuan Prihatin Sabah (BSP) 3.0 under the State Rural Development Ministry's allocation at the Keningau Hall in the District Council.

On the food baskets and one-off cash assistance, he said 84.25% or RM88,815,600 of the RM120,469,481 allocated under the BSP 3.0 announced on June 9 has been disbursed.

The one-off RM45,612,200 distributed under the state's Rural Development Ministry was part of the RM120mil allocation and is almost fully disbursed, Hajiji said.

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