Since the opening of slots for senior citizens aged 60 years and above on April 22 under the National Vaccination Programme, 4,689 senior citizens have received the COVID-19 vaccination.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), the oldest individual who has received a COVID-19 vaccination shot so far is a 96-year-old local woman.
The MoH welcomes and gives priority to senior citizens for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Senior citizens are advised to reserve a vaccination slot through the BruHealth app to avoid long waiting time. However, slots for walk-ins are available in limited numbers.
Those wishing to get the COVID-19 vaccine are required to wear face masks, practise social distancing in the queue and follow the instructions of the vaccination centres.
Scientific studies found the elderly are at a higher risk of suffering more severe complications from COVID-19, and the vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection among the elderly.
Since the implementation of the National Vaccination Programme on April 3, 52,775 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered nationwide.
Visit www.moh.gov.bn or contact the Health Advice Line at 148 for information.