The Minister of Health also reminded the public to follow the directives issued to control the spread of the current outbreak. According to Yang Berhormat, as the country is now facing an increase of locally transmitted cases COVID-19 vaccination, physical distancing measures and mask-wearing remain the most effective way for Brunei Darussalam to emerge safely from this pandemic.
Continuous monitoring conducted by the Ministry of Health indicates that from 92 local cases identified, only 7 cases or 7 point 6 per cent were fully immunised, while the remaining 85 cases were either unvaccinated or have not completed their vaccination. Of the cases who were fully immunised, clinical reports from the National Isolation Centre show that their symptoms were mild signs or they were asymptomatic.
Preliminary analysis on vaccination effectiveness in Brunei Darussalam suggest that 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine is more than 70 per cent effective at reducing infections, including asymptomatic infection. In addition to reducing infection risk, vaccines are even more effective at reducing risk of severe disease. Studies conducted in the United Kingdom and Canada show that 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccination is more than 90% effective at preventing severe disease, including against the delta variant. In view of these findings, during this time, it is even more important that individuals receive COVID- 19 vaccination in order to protect themselves and their families, particularly, high risk individuals such as those aged 60 years and above and those with chronic disease.
Source: Radio Television Brunei