Sabah authorities gear up to increase vaccine awareness

KOTA KINABALU: Quite a large number of Sabahans are not willing to be vaccinated, says state Health Department director Dr Rose Nani Mudin.

“We are not sure of the main reasons but we hope they will change their minds,” she said.

She advised those who have doubts about taking their jabs and even those who do not wish to be vaccinated to think again.

“Lives will never return to some sort of normality if herd immunity is not achieved.

“Through efforts like increased vaccination, outreach programmes and targeted lockdowns are being done, they will not achieve the desired objective without full public cooperation,” she said when revealing the situation with Covid-19 immunisation in the state.

Dr Rose Nani said health officials and other state authorities had geared up their outreach programmes to make sure that even those in rural and remote areas were given their jabs.

“For those who have registered for vaccination via MySejahtera, please do keep tabs on your appointments and do not skip them, because others are still waiting for their turn and your deliberate skipping of appointments affects others,” she added.

She also said those living in areas under the enhanced movement control order should refrain from leaving and moving elsewhere until the order was lifted.

Dr Rose Nani reminded people that the reason why the announcement on an enhanced MCO was made a day or two before the date of implementation was because of various assessments including from the economic and social aspects.

“We cannot just shut down an area on the spot without notice as we need to take into account the economic activities in the areas as well as the population there,” she explained.

She said risk assessments were made before an area was put under enhanced MCO while a notice of a day or two was given beforehand to enable businesses and residents to make the necessary preparations and arrangements.

“Let’s be clear, the notice given is not for residents to prepare their escape from the lockdown areas,” she added.

Dr Rose Nani said there should not be a need for anyone to flee their homes just because they did not wish to be “locked in”.

“Those in essential industries can still go to work and people can still go grocery shopping or seek medical attention when needed,” she said.

Sabah continued to see a spike in cases, registering between 400 and 800 daily over the past week.

State Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said many Sabahans were still not fully complying with the standard operating procedures.

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