Opt-in vaccination drive receives encouraging response

James Kon

A total of 708 individuals had volunteered to be inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday at designated vaccine centres nationwide.

A long queue was visible at the walk-in areas of the Indoor Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, the designated vaccine centre for Brunei-Muara District.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced about the opt-in programme for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine starting from May 6.

The vaccination slots are limited and are available until May 29.

The AstraZeneca vaccine can be used on individuals aged 18 and above if the benefits outweigh the risks for those who have consented to receive the vaccine.

Public members wishing to receive the vaccine should go to the designated vaccination centres on a walk-in basis, preferably after 10am.

However, an individual reserving a slot on the BruHealth app is assured of being vaccinated on the reserved time and given priority. Reservations through BruHealth app started on May 8.

To avoid congestion and long queues at the Indoor Stadium, the MoH advised the public to get their jabs at other designated vaccination centres – Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Belait District, Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong District and Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam Hospital in Temburong District.

Information and updates can be obtained from the MoH website at www.moh.gov.bn, Health Advice Line at 148 (office hours) or the BruHealth app.

A long queue at the Indoor Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. PHOTO: JAMES KON
Members of the public waiting for their turn. PHOTO: JAMES KON