344 senior citizens have received the first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine in the first phase at Vaccination Centers nationwide since it was opened last Saturday. Today, 162 senior citizens received the vaccine injection. The COVID-19 vaccination programme implemented in the country is intended to help protect oneself and those around them, especially those who are at high risk.
In Brunei Muara District, 83 senior citizens received injections that conducted at the Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. The COVID-19 vaccine injection is essential, especially for those with some chronic diseases. Individuals with such health problems are more at risk for more serious symptoms if infected with COVID-19. Vaccination is the most effective measure to break the chain of COVID-19 infections.
At the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait, 38 senior citizens received the first dose of the vaccine injection. The COVID-19 vaccine can help to prevent severe illness even if the individual is infected with COVID-19. The vaccine is provided free of charge to citizens and residents living in the country.
At the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong District, 9 senior citizens received the first dose of the vaccine injection. According to the Ministry of Health, the more people that receive the vaccine, the closer the country is to achieving Herd Immunity. Herd Immunity can prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 virus and protect those who cannot receive the vaccine.
Meanwhile, at the Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam Hospital in Temburong District, 32 senior citizens received the first dose of the vaccine injection. Currently, the majority of vaccines that have been produced require 2 doses of vaccine. The first injection is to help stimulate the body's immunity to identify the virus, while, the second injection is to strengthen the immune system. For senior citizens who wish to book a vaccination slot, they can do so through the BruHealth Application or call the Health Advice Line 148 or by "walk-in".
Source: Radio Television Brunei