AstraZeneca vaccine offered on voluntary basis

James Kon

Effective today, members of the public aged 18 years and above will be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine on a voluntary basis.

“Additional slots for COVID-19 AstraZaneca vaccine will be offered to individuals aged 18 and above, who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination voluntarily. These additional slots are limited and are only available from May 6 – 29,” said the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

The announcement followed the MoH’s statement on the Opt-in Programme for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine.

As mentioned in a previous MoH conference, the AstraZeneca vaccine can be used on individuals aged 18 and above, if the benefits outweigh the risks for an individual who has consented to receive the vaccine.

Those wishing to receive the vaccine may go to the designated vaccination centres on a walk-in basis, preferably after 10am.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. PHOTO: AP

However, anyone who reserves a slot on the BruHealth app will be assured to have their vaccination on the reserved time and given vaccination priority.

Reservations through the BruHealth app will start on May 8.

The vaccination centres are the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas, Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Belait District, Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong District and Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam Hospital in Temburong District.

“The MoH reassures the public that vaccine safety is the utmost priority and that measures have been put in place to minimise the risks associated with vaccine use such as side effects,” said the MoH.