National vaccination programme kicks off today

James Kon

Brunei’s National Vaccination Programme set to commence today will roll out in three phases.

Phase One will include frontliners, senior citizens aged 60 and above and students studying overseas, said the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Phase Two is for staff at daycare centres, teachers and adults with comorbidities. Phase Three is for individuals 18 years and above.

COVID-19 vaccination centres have been set up in all four districts: the centre is at the Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Brunei-Muara District; Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong District; Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Belait District; and at Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam Hospital in Temburong District.

Under Phase One, frontliners, especially medical staff at government and private health facilities will receive the vaccine followed by other frontliners identified as the priority group.

The MoH reminded the public to authenticate their BruHealth accounts and ensure that personal information in the Bru-HIMS account is updated to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination booking.

Appointment booking for the vaccine is available according to the stages of implementation.

The vaccine can protect individuals from severe diseases and minimise hospitalisation and death. It remains important for the public to be vigilant and continue precautionary measures including avoiding crowded places, exercising, physical distancing, wearing a face mask, staying home when showing flu-like symptoms, frequent hand washing, maintaining personal hygiene and practising proper cough and sneeze etiquettes.