No one is safe until everyone is safe, says minister

Fadley Faisal, Adib Noor & Izah Azahari

“No one is safe until everyone is safe,” Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said in response to the large public turnout for the walk-in vaccination programme at the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre yesterday.

The minister reminded the public to follow standard operating procedures in crowded places.

“Due to the large crowd, the ministry reached out to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) for assistance in controlling the situation,” the minister said.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is trying to limit the number of fines imposed on small violations that can be avoided by following the health guidelines, especially amid the mass vaccination drive.

“Even if you come in a group of three or four from the same household, you must still social distance in queue,” he added.

The walk-in vaccination programme, conducted every Friday, is catered to individuals who have not yet received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

A total of 1,300 slots are allocated for each Friday, according to the minister.

Meanwhile, all vaccination slots were filled by noon yesterday, and those who did not get the vaccine were told to return next week.

MoH’s Head of Corporate Communications Athirah binti Yusof said, “The public is also requested to practise social distancing, bring their own pen while staying calm and hydrated.”

The Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre is open for walk-ins from 2.30-8pm every Friday.

Long queue outside the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre