A total of 1,235 people in Sabah have received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19 so far.
State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said 155 of them received their second jab today.
As for the first dose, only one person was recorded to have received the vaccine today, bringing the cumulative number of those who have received at least one dose to 41,958.
Sabah is also seeing an improvement in the Covid-19 situation as most districts which were previously categorised as red zones have turned into orange or yellow zones.
Sabah has received its first shipment of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine today.
Representing the Sabah Chief Minister to receive the vaccine at Mas Kargo here was Community Development and People’s Wellbeing minister Shahelmey Yahya.
Also present were state Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi and the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Lee Chun Khiong.
Speaking to the media later, Shahelmey said the 9,040 doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine which arrived today will be sent to a temporary storage centre in the state Capital before being distributed to 26 centres throughout the state.
The newly-emerged Covid-19 Jalan Kemajuan Cluster here (as declared yesterday) was sparked by a restaurant’s regular customer who had been infected by the virus.
Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari said several of the restaurant’s staff including the owner were tested positive for the virus and the premises had been ordered to be temporarily closed for sanitisation.
Based on the MySejahtera app’s record, at least 240 people are deemed to be possible close contacts of the patient who had patronised the restaurant.
The Keningau district in Sabah will be placed under the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting tomorrow until Apr 4.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the two-week MCO is to enable the Health Ministry (MoH) to conduct targeted screenings, detect close contacts and control movement after a spike in Covid-19 cases in the locality.
"MoH has informed that there is a spike in daily cases in the Keningau district as 42 positive cases were detected from targeted screenings conducted at Kg Lingkudau, an area which is now under Conditional MCO.
"After carrying out a risk assessment with other agencies during the technical meeting and upon MoH's recommendation, the government has agreed to implement MCO in the Keningau district from Mar 22 to Apr 4," he said in a statement today.
Sabah will consider buying its own Covid-19 vaccines if the supply is inadequate, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
"The federal government has done its best in acquiring vaccines. (For now), those vaccines are enough.
"However, if it is not adequate, Sabah will buy its own vaccines for its people," said the state Finance Minister during the handover of assistance to fire victims at Sembulan hall here.
Yesterday, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government has no objections if states want to buy vaccines on their own.
A total of 32,711 individuals in Sabah have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine so far, State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said.
Masidi, who is also the state government spokesperson for Covid-19, said in a statement that out of that total, 3,924 individuals received their shots today.
Meanwhile, he said 38 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Sabah today, bringing the cumulative number in the state to 53,970 cases.
Sabah plans to begin vaccination for undocumented foreigners after 70% of its local populations is inoculated, says state Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
He said the state government together with the National Security Council were in the process of setting in place mechanisms to identify undocumented migrants as part of efforts to vaccinate them.
Masidi was responding to a question on how the state was going to tackle the problem of Sabah's large undocumented migrant population.
However, Masidi did not say the estimated number of undocumented foreigners in the state but assured that once the mechanism was put in place, they would disclose the details to handle the issue.
More than half of the frontliners in Sabah have been vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines.
Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said, as today, 28,445 people have been inoculated, including 67.5 per cent of the frontliners in the state.
"To date, the Sabah Health Department has received 470 reports of people experiencing side effects, via the MySejahtera application, National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency website and Pharmaceutical Information System.
"However, most of them experienced only mild side effects which are not life threatening," he said during a virtual press conference.
Sea and river recreational activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing are now allowed in Sabah beginning tomorrow, in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the recreational activities would follow the amended SOPs in line with the implementation of the RMCO to curb the Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
“The number of passengers for open and closed fast boats used to ferry individuals for sea and river recreational activities are also allowed according to the capacity that is subject to the physical distancing rule of one metre between passengers,” he said in a statement here tonight.
The Sabah government is expected to allow express buses to operate with strict standard operation procedures (SOP) soon.
State Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said among the SOPs include scanning the MySejahtera QR code, wearing face masks, temperature checks and utilising only half of the passenger capacity in vehicles.
"Drivers have to be screened for symptoms and take their temperature before work. They are not allowed to work if they display symptoms.
A total of 5,858 people in Sabah have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Saturday (March 6), says Datuk Masidi Manjun.
The state Local Government and Housing Minister said this was based on the report by Sabah's Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).
"The CITF target is for 42,164 people (under Phase 1) to be vaccinated here," he said in a statement on Saturday.
Sabah received its first batch of vaccines on Feb 25, and the state-level programme was launched on Thursday (March 4).
A total of 4,950 frontliners in the interior of Sabah will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, beginning today.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup said all the first phase recipients are expected to complete the vaccination process by mid-April.
“A total of 22 locations of public facilities including the community and cultural halls have been identified as the Vaccine Distribution Centres throughout the Sabah interior zone namely Keningau, Tambunan, Nabawan, and Tenom,” he said.