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KOTA KINABALU, April 5 -- Only 362,514 or 12.4 per cent of the targeted 2.9 million people in Sabah have registered up to Sunday to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said due to the low number, various efforts must be made to increase the number while all the government agencies in Sabah must explain to the people that the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme was the way to free the country from the pandemic.
"I also want all parties to cooperate and give their commitment to ensuring that the people in this state register (for the vaccination),” he said in his speech at the engagement session of the COVID-19 Emergency Technical Committee, here, today.
Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan; Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali; Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and Sabah Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
Hajiji said the information programme conducted in collaboration with the Community Development Leaders Unit (UPPM) was to explain to Sabahans across the state, the benefits of the vaccination to support efforts at boosting herd immunity.
He said field engagement activities, especially in the interior areas and outskirt of towns needed to be intensified so that the vaccine could be explained directly to the people who lacked access to information on immunisation via the new media.
“I know that there are those who do not understand, fear (the vaccination) or not convinced of it while some are influenced by the fake news (on the vaccine) out there.
"So, let’s not ignore them but approach them and explain to them in a way to make the matter easily understood, and convince them with credible testimonies on the vaccine based on narratives from the frontliners,” he added
Hajiji said that up to April 1, 67,808 individuals in Sabah had received the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the national immunisation programme.
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