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Nearly 3,000 vaccinated under opt-in programme (2021)




BY James Kon

Nearly 3,000 people have been vaccinated under the opt-in programme for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine since it started on May 6.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), 2,808 individuals received the AstraZeneca vaccine as of on Tuesday at designated vaccination centres nationwide.

Five hundred and three individuals received the vaccine at the Indoor Stadium in Brunei-Muara District, 112 in Belait District, 102 in Tutong District and 78 in Temburong District.

Meanwhile, 23,188 individuals (19,108 for the first dose and 4,080 for the second dose) have been vaccinated under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme since April 3.

In Brunei-Muara District, 17,568 individuals have been vaccinated, 2,384 in Belait District, 2,121 in Tutong District and 1,115 in Temburong District.

Slots for COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine are offered to individuals aged 18 and above wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination voluntarily. The additional slots are limited and are available until May 29.

Anyone who reserves a slot on the BruHealth app will be assured to have their vaccination at the reserved time and will be given vaccination priority. Reservation through the BruHealth app started on May 8. Vaccination centres for COVID-19 vaccination are the Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas, Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait, Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong District and Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam Hospital in Temburong District.

The MoH emphasised that the vaccination is safe and an effective method of protecting ourselves, families and the community from COVID-19. The MoH reassured the public that vaccine safety is of utmost priority, and measures have been put in place to minimise the risks associated with vaccine.

Meanwhile, Brunei Darussalam recorded its fourth consecutive day with no new COVID-19 cases, keeping the tally of confirmed cases at 230. The country has not had any local COVID-19 transmissions for 370 days.

Seven active cases receiving treatment at the National Isolation Centre (NIC) are in in stable condition.

The MoH shared the updates on the COVID-19 situation in the country in its statement on Tuesday.

Four hundred and seventeen individuals are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres after arriving in the country from abroad with 18,013 individuals having completed their stint since March 2020.

In the past 24 hours, the MoH has obtained 114 samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing bringing the number of laboratory tests conducted to 122,723 since January 2020.

In its breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the country, healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 195 cases in Brunei-Muara District, 29 in Belait District and six in Tutong District.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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