70pc of Sabah’s teenage population vaccinated
Published on: Sunday, November 28, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: Seventy per cent of Sabah’s teenage population have been vaccinated as of Nov 26, said Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. 

“Some 306,502 adolescents have completed both doses of the vaccine so far, which is 70.62 per cent of the teenage population,” he said in a statement, Saturday. 

He added that 333,747 adolescents have completed their first dose, which is 76.9 per cent of the teenage population.

The immunisation programme was introduced to teenagers aged 12 to 17 last September, amid the Education Ministry’s move to reopen certain schools last October under Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan. 

With Sabah having moved into Phase Four of the NRP earlier this month, schools in the State were fully reopened on Nov 22, where primary one to six students and form one to four students returned to face-to-face physical classes after months of online learning. 

Additionally, Masidi said 2,388,299 individuals in Sabah have completed both doses of the vaccine, of which 75.47 per cent were adults, while 2,439,280 have completed their first dose, of which 76.33 per cent were adults. 

“On Nov 26, some 3,800 individuals were inoculated, of which 3,247 were adults and 373 were teenagers,” he added. 

Sabah’s cases dipped to 438 on Saturday from 486 the day earlier, while two deaths were recorded, one each in Kota Marudu and Sipitang. 

Of the figure, 311 were fully vaccinated while 47 were unvaccinated. 78 were ineligible for the vaccine while two individuals completed their first dose. 

Some 157 cases were symptomatic while 249 were close contacts.

On the caseload, Masidi said Kota Kinabalu topped the list with 81 cases, followed by Tuaran (48), Kota Belud (48), Penampang (33), Ranau (29), Papar (23), Beluran (19), Keningau (19) and Beaufort (19)

“All districts in the ‘Empat Serangkai’ group, namely Tuaran, Kota Belud and Ranau, recorded high figures although the increase in cases there were marginal. 

“Cases in Penampang, Papar, Keningau, Kota Marudu and Tenom decreased while Kinabatangan, Kuala Penyu and Lahad Datu recorded a marginal increase. 

“Semporna, Telupid, Nabawan, Tongod and Kalabakan did not record any new cases,” he said. 

Masidi said 98 per cent of cases were category one and two infections, while four cases were in category three, two in category four and one in category five. Two cases are still being evaluated by the State Health Department. 

Some 581 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 1,496 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

Masidi said 74 patients are under critical care, including 69 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well five in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 27 patients needing ventilator support.

“Some 56 stage four and five patients (28 per cent) have not completed their vaccinations,” he said, adding that Sabah’s bed capacity is at 5,215 units with an occupancy rate of 28.69 per cent.

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