First-dose inoculations for public halted

Izah Azahari

Starting today, all vaccination centres across the country will halt first-dose inoculations for the public, including those going abroad, with the exception of certain beneficiaries.

The announcement was made yesterday by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, adding that, “the postponement is due to the rapid and unexpected reduction in the supply of COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) is currently working to get a supply of vaccines right away, as the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam is a priority.

“The MoH apologises for any inconvenience caused, as a result of this issue”.

The minister said that first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be restricted on a walk-in basis, to the elderly, the differently-abled, and pregnant women, but added, “It should be noted that the supply of vaccines for this group is limited.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham announced vaccination centres will also focus on administering vaccines to those with bookings for second doses, using the available supplies.

“Members of the public who have already booked for their first dose will be rescheduled for a new booking slot, when the new vaccine supply arrives,” he said.