Over 80pc populace have received first dose

James Kon & Farhan Julaihi

Brunei Darussalam has recorded 80.4 per cent of its populace as being vaccinated with at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of October 20.

The new figure was adjusted from 76.2 per cent, reflecting the latest data obtained from the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (JPES), through the Population and Housing Census conducted earlier this year.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced this at the daily press conference yesterday.

“As per the latest data obtained from the JPES, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has adjusted the COVID-19 vaccination rate according to the population for 2021.”

“With 345,754 people having received the first shot as of October 20, the new inoculation rate (first dose) stands at 80.4 per cent. Meanwhile, 238,491 people (or 55.5 per cent) of the populace have been fully vaccinated, revised from the earlier figures of 52.6 per cent,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.

To hasten the process, the mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic services will be available at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Health Centre in Kampong Sungai Asam from 9am to noon today, and from 9am to 2.30pm on Sunday, catering particularly to residents of Kampong Ayer and its surroundings.

“Residents keen on getting vaccinated can walk in, bringing along with them their identification card or passport, as well as Bru-HIMS card (or number), if available,” the minister said.

The mobile vaccination centre has just completed its three-day drive in Mukim Lamunin, during which 453 were administered their first shot.

The third day of the drive saw 11 individuals vaccinated at home and 131 innoculated through the Lamunin Vaccination Centre, the minister said.