‘Vaccines effective in controlling pandemic’

Rokiah Mahmud

Public acceptance towards the vaccination programme was addressed at a press conference yesterday, where Associate Specialist and Head of the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Disease Control Division Dr Justin Wong said, “Of course many people have doubts and questions regarding the vaccines. However, we have seen a very cooperative outlook towards the programme.

“The MoH has been very transparent in the sharing of data and discussions. This is not unexpected, as this generally happens in any mass vaccination programme. Healthcare providers are trained to answer questions from the public. Materials such as posters, infographics and social media are also being provided as a guide on vaccines.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said, “Several issues that went viral and various information being shared regarding the vaccines tend to raise public concerns. However, based on the available evidence and research, the vaccines are effective in helping to control the pandemic.

“In comparing the percentage on the effectiveness of the vaccines from one to another, we must look at when and where the studies are being carried out.”

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the MoH Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif said, “Currently, Brunei is using SinoPharm and AstraZeneca. There will be more vaccines coming in the next few weeks. Hopefully, we will have Moderna by mid-June and Pfizer in September, to cover the vaccination programme.”