Oldest citizen receives COVID jab at 99

Lyna Mohamad

Senior citizen Hajah Kulam binti Tahir, who received her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday, is currently the oldest person in Brunei Darussalam to be inoculated at 99-years-old.

Born in 1922 in Limbang, Sarawak, Hajah Kulam was vaccinated at the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital (PMMPMHAMB) in Tutong District, with her five children, daughter-in-law and  son-in law.

Her son-in-law, Associate Professor Ampuan Dr Haji Ibrahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah, expressed relief at his mother-in-law’s willingness to take the vaccine together with the rest of the family. “My mother-in-law is usually receptive to her children’s advice and recommendations, especially when going for a doctor’s appointment,” he said.

Also among those receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday was Stewart Gorien, who is on a social visit pass. He is visiting his wife, a teacher at International School Brunei (ISB).

Another recipient was Jaimi, who fulfilled a promise to himself that he would join the vaccination programme, upon turning 60 on June 8.

“Friends and family members have been asking me about the vaccination programme, but I hadn’t made up my mind yet, until a few days before my 60th birthday,” he said.

“Our generous and caring monarch has given us the privilege to be vaccinated for free. This does not just involve our health and well-being, but that of the whole nation – including our family members – so why hesitate?” he said.

According to current statistics, 6,125 individuals aged 60 and above nationwide have already received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hajah Kulam binti Tahir and her family. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD