KOTA KINABALU, Aug 13  — A total of 43.9 per cent or more than 1.17 million adult residents in Sabah have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, said State Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun.

He said from the total, 19.6 per cent or 489,081 have completed two-dose vaccination.

“The Sabah Health Department (JKNS) is working towards raising the daily inoculation capacity. As at yesterday (Aug 12), JKNS succeeded in dispensing 54,091 doses to Sabahans which is close to the maximum JKNS target of 59,000 doses daily,” he said in a statement tonight.

Meanwhile, Masidi said the government had prepared the standard operating procedure (SOP) for various activities allowed during Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan including the operation of restaurants and supermarkets.

“The SOP stipulates that operators, workers and customers must complete two doses of vaccine. We have been told that some of them have not received the vaccine or fully completed the vaccination.

“As such they are advised to get their vaccine shots at any vaccination centre (PPV). For supermarket, restaurant and hotel workers around Kota Kinabalu, they can go to the PPV at Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) for vaccination,”: he added.

Masidi also said there were 1,654 new COVID-19 cases in Sabah today, which a fall of 398 cases compared to 2,052 cases yesterday.

“From 1,654 cases today, 956 cases or 57.8 per cent were from close contact screening and 528 cases or 31.9 per cent were from symptomatic screening. The current trend sees a sharp increase of symptomatic category cases in several districts.

“This is a sign the COVID-19 virus is spreading in the community,” he said.

He said a new cluster was recorded in Sabah today, the Donggongon Cluster in Penampang which is categorised as a work place cluster through positive cases taking place at the premises of a statutory body.

 “The index case is an office cleaner, a 46-year-old woman who was confirmed positive in a symptomatic screening at a private clinic on Aug 4,” he said.


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