A total of 52,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been administered since the implementation of the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 on the 3rd of March 2021. Out of the figure, 4,689 senior citizens have received their COVID-19 vaccination shots since the opening of slots for senior citizens aged 60 years and above on the 22nd of April. The oldest individual so far that has received a COVID-19 vaccination shot is a 96-year old local woman.
Scientific studies show the elderly are at a higher risk of getting more severe complications from COVID-19 infection, and COVID-19 vaccine injections have been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in the elderly. Therefore, the Ministry of Health very much welcomes and gives priority to senior citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccine injection.
Senior citizens are advised to reserve a COVID-19 vaccine injection slot through the BruHealth App to avoid long waiting time. Slots for walk-ins are still available in limited numbers, and senior citizens are also provided with a special space to register for the COVID-19 vaccination. Those intending to get the COVID-19 vaccine injection are required to wear face masks, practice social distancing while queuing and follow the instructions given by officers and staff working at vaccination centers. For more information, the public can visit the Ministry of Health's website or contact the 148 Health Advice Line during office hours.
Source: Radio Television Brunei