Get the jab, elderly citizens urge youth

Azlan Othman

Several senior citizens yesterday urged youth to protect themselves from COVID-19 by
getting vaccinated.

“If the elderly can come forward to get vaccinated, so too can the younger generation. I urge everyone to protect themselves by getting vaccinated,” said 73-year-old Haji Yakob bin Haji Hitam from Kampong Perpindahan Lambak Kanan.

He was among the 40 senior citizens from the Senior Citizens Centre in the Brunei-Muara District who were vaccinated at the Indoor Stadium, Berakas yesterday.

“I didn’t feel any pain at all. The process was very smooth. We came here to answer the Ministry of Health’s call of getting vaccinated to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the community from the harmful effects of COVID-19.

“If His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to get vaccinated, why can’t we,” he added.

“Vaccination is free and we have to do our part in protecting others.”

Haji Yakob bin Haji Hitam. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN
Hajah Azizah binti Matyassin; and Assistant Manager of Senior Citizens Centre in the Brunei-Muara District Normah binti Jurulaki Haji Moksin

Meanwhile, Hajah Azizah binti Matyassin, 64, from STKRJ Kampong Lambak Kiri said she was delighted of being vaccinated free of charge in the country and urged the youth and other elderly citizens to come forward and not be afraid to get the jab.

Assistant Manager of Senior Citizens Centre in the Brunei-Muara District Normah binti Jurulaki Haji Moksin, 63, said, “I am still in excellent health condition and I urge fellow senior citizens not to be alarmed with viral fake messages on social media regarding the vaccination. There’s nothing to fear as it is for our own safety especially when we travel. I look forward to my second vaccination.” Normah said it was the second time the association organised the programme, which saw 40 members participating.

“We need to explain to senior citizens that the benefits and advantages of the COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risk of getting an infection,” she said while urging everyone to
be vaccinated.

The second phase of Brunei Darussalam’s COVID-19 vaccination programme for teachers, childcare staff and adults at high risk or suffering from chronic diseases commenced on Monday at nationwide inoculation centres.

The second phase of the programme will run parallel with the first phase for frontliners, students going abroad, and senior citizens aged 60 and above. Scores of people lining up to receive their first shots were inoculated with the Moderna vaccine, which arrived in the country from Spain last Sunday.