Covid-19: Construction industry in Sabah urged to get workers jabbed under CIVac programme from Aug 19

KOTA KINABALU: Businesses within the construction industry must seize the opportunity to get their workers vaccinated against Covid-19 when the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme or CIVac starts in Sabah on Aug 19.

Sabah Real Estate and Developers Association (Shareda) president Datuk Chua Soon Ping said ongoing projects will be given priority under CIVac so that work can resume after their workers are vaccinated.

CIVac will be conducted at the Sutera Magellan Resort here and local as well as foreign workers are urged to register for the vaccination programme, he said.

“All local and foreign workers as well as construction professionals like architects, engineers and surveyors are included and so is the rest of the supply chain of building material suppliers,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Aug 5).

Chua also said the government should consider making use of every available facility, including vacant hotels, to handle Covid-19 matters such as housing patients and vaccinating the people.

He said this would help speed up vaccinations towards achieving herd immunity, and also allow the treatment of patients to be done in a more conducive environment.

With hospitals struggling to cope with the increasing number of Covid-19 patients, he said the authorities should consider reducing the congestion at medical facilities by using vacant hotels to house patients.

On vaccination, Chua said success in achieving herd immunity as well as getting the economy back on track will depend on fast-tracking inoculation and using all available venues to administer shots.

“We must achieve the vaccination target of 48,300 doses in a day,” he said.

Chua said PPVs attract several thousand people a day and could expose recipients to infection, so more mobile units and private clinics should be employed to assist in the process.

Chua also said single-dose vaccines like CanSino, which is due to arrive in Sabah soon, should be considered for those living in remote areas as it eliminates the need for medical teams to return and administer second doses.

He also believed that lockdowns were no longer an option as such methods are not effective in curbing the spread of the virus, as seen in recent statistics nationwide.

“The past few lockdowns have almost crippled our economy; we should instead reevaluate and enhance standard operating procedures while allowing economic activities to continue,” Chua said.

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