59 per cent open to COVID vaccination, MoH survey finds

James Kon

The Ministry of Health’s (MoH) COVID-19 Vaccine Intention Survey found that 59 per cent of respondents would definitely or likely take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in Brunei Darussalam.

Meanwhile, 33 per cent were unsure at this stage and only eight per cent of survey reported that they would definitely not or were unlikely to take the vaccine.

The findings of the survey – administered via the BruHealth app from January 15 to 28 and received 50,658 responses – were revealed by the MoH in a press statement yesterday.

According to the survey, the majority of respondents (81 per cent) believed that getting a COVID-19 vaccine was either very important or moderately important for their health, while 15 per cent thought that getting a COVID-19 vaccine was less important for their health.

Meanwhile, four per cent of the survey respondents said getting a COVID-19 vaccine was not at all important for their health.

Additionally, 84 per cent of survey respondents reported that they would trust the MoH’s recommendation to get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were offered to them.

Individuals who expressed positive vaccine intention were more likely to have had a vaccine as an adult. They believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine would protect others and allow for safer travel, while agreeing that the COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective.

The survey was aimed at assessing the acceptability of a potential COVID-19 vaccine among the general adult population in Brunei Darussalam, and to explore the ideas, concerns, and expectations of the public with respect to vaccination.

The survey questionnaire was adapted from the World Health Organization (WHO) Survey Guidance Data for Action: Achieving high uptake of COVID-19 vaccines measuring behavioural and social drivers of vaccination.

The MoH will use the findings from the survey to address the public’s concerns, and refine its strategy for the COVID-19 vaccination programme to ensure that it reaches as many people as possible, especially senior citizens and other highest risk individuals in the community.

The MoH continues to assess potential vaccine candidates for use in Brunei Darussalam and work closely with WHO and other regulatory authorities around the world, to ensure that any COVID-19 vaccine used in Brunei Darussalam is safe and effective.

“For those of us who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, getting vaccinated is the most important action we can take to protect ourselves, our families, and our society from COVID-19,” the MoH said in a statement.

“To date, over 120 million people across the world have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, and it is important that in Brunei Darussalam, we play our role in taking the vaccine when it is available to us.”