First Dose Vaccine Distribution Postponed

The Minister of Health also informed that the Second Phase of the Mahad COVID-19 Holding Area in Tutong will start accepting Category 2 patients starting today, Wednesday, 1st of September. The new facility can accommodate up to 338 patients and jointly operated by the Ministry of Health and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health also informed the public that starting today, Wednesday, 1st of September until a date that will be announced later, all vaccinations centres nationwide will not be able to provide the COVID-19 vaccination services to anyone who have booked for the first dose.

The postponement is due to the supply of COVID-19 vaccine that has decreased rapidly and unexpectedly. The Ministry of Health is currently working to get the supply of vaccines as soon as possible as the provision of the COVID-19 vaccine for the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam is a priority and therefore, the Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience that may arise as a result of this matter. However, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will still and only be provided to the elderly, differently- abled, and pregnant women where they can get the first dose injections from any vaccination centres on a walk-in basis. However, it should be noted that the supply of vaccines for this group is limited. Meanwhile, the provision of vaccine injections will continue for those who have booked for the second dose for which the supply of vaccines for those who need the second dose are adequate. Therefore, members of the public who have already booked for the first dose will be re-scheduled to get a new booking slot when the new vaccine supply arrives.

Source: Radio Television Brunei