Kota Kinabalu MP urges for vaccination of undocumented migrants in war against Covid-19

KOTA KINABALU: Getting Sabah's large undocumented migrant community vaccinated should go in tandem with efforts to immunise local communities in the war against Covid-19, says Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin.

He said it was important for the state government to also focus on undocumented migrants as the battle against the pandemic will be lost if they are left unvaccinated.

"Even though we should prioritise vaccinating all Sabahans first, we will eventually have to deal with undocumented migrants," he said.

Chan, who is Sabah DAP secretary said migrants who were unvaccinated could come in close contact with locals in spaces like markets and possibly spread Covid-19.

He proposed for a targeted strategy to get these migrants to come forward for vaccination, preferably single-dose type vaccines and record their details via a biometric system.

He said that the vaccination target in Sabah was to vaccinate 2.7 million adults of its total population of 3.9 million.

"It seems that the 2.7 million figure for adults excludes undocumented migrants living in Sabah," he said, adding that the state has so far received 1.8 million vaccine doses as of July.

Chan noted that it was important for the state government to focus on increasing its capacity to meet rising cases in Sabah, which breached 1,000 cases over the last two days.

The highest number of daily cases previously had been 1,199 on Nov 6 last year.

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