Brunei Darussalam together with the other World Health Organization member countries, WHO, supported the 'Immunisation Agenda 2030', a WHO global strategy which envisions a world where everyone regardless of age will fully benefitted from vaccines to improved their health and wellbeing. The Minister of Health stated this in a message in conjunction with World Immunisation Week 2021. The event this year is celebrated on the 24th to the 30th of April 2021 carries the theme 'Vaccines Bring Us closer'. In his message, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar also outlined that the Ministry of Health is committed and will continue to further strengthen the Immunisation Program in the country which covers all ages.
The Minister of Health further explained that Brunei Darussalam is very fortunate because the citizens and residents in the country received free vaccine services from the Government of His Majesty. The National Childhood Immunisation Programme has achieved and maintained childhood immunisation coverage over 95 percent annual coverage. The achievement proves the importance and the efficacy of the programme. It can also have positive implications for Brunei Darussalam, in providing protection and early prevention not only to the individual, but also those around them.
In the message, the Health Minister also reminded all levels of society to work together to help reduce the global burden of communicable diseases which can be prevented through vaccination. It is vital and relevant, especially when the country is being threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective measure to protect oneself, family and society from the harmful effects of COVID-19. In the medium and long run, the more people are vaccinated, the higher the level of immunity of the country's population to the disease and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on public health and society.
Touching on the first phase of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program, the Minister of Health shared that a total of 11,690 individuals have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine injection. However the figure is still low. Therefore, the Ministry of Health very much welcomes the public's involvement in together obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine injection according to the phases that have been informed. The public are welcome to register for the COVID-19 vaccine injection once the booking slot is opened according to the stipulated phases.
Source: Radio Television Brunei