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Minister of Health receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 3 - Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohd. Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health has received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine injection and thus, has completed the COVID-19 vaccination regime.
The Minister of Health has received the second dose of the COVID-19 injection at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, along with the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Head of Departments, senior officers, officers and staffs at the Ministry of Health; as well as officers consisting of frontliners.
Since the implementation of the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 began on April 3, 2021, a total of 14,876 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 14,526 people have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 350 people have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
At present, the administration of COVID-19 vaccine is still being implemented for Phase One, consisting of frontliners, students studying abroad and senior citizens aged 60 and above.
Priority is given to frontliners and especially the elderly because frontliners have a higher risk of being infected with COVID-19 and the elderly have a higher risk of getting more severe complications of COVID-19 infection.
Without COVID-19 vaccine injections, clinical data obtained from around the world show those aged 60 and above are more likely to get the effects of more severe infections that require treatment in the Intensive Care Unit including respiratory assistance and have a higher risk of death as a result of the COVID-19 infection.
Scientific studies have also shown that injection of COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection for the elderly and frontliners.
Although it is not mandatory to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health would like to once again remind the public that the people and residents of Brunei Darussalam are still exposed to the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 disease.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective measure to protect oneself, our family and the society from the harmful effects of COVID-19.
In the medium and long term, as more people are vaccinated, the higher the level of immunity of the population of this country against the disease. This in turn will be able to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on public and community health.
The public is welcome to register for the COVID-19 vaccine injection when reservation for injection slots are announced in the near future.
Those wishing to participate in the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 can reserve a slot through the BruHealth application or call the Health Advice Line 148 during office hours.
The public should ensure their BruHealth account has been verified if not yet verified and update personal information (Identity Card number, phone number and address) in Bru-HIMS at government clinics or hospitals if not already updated.
For further information and latest updates, members of the public can visit the official website of the Ministry of Health at
www.moh.gov.bn or by contacting the Health Advice Line 148 (office hours) or through the BruHealth application.