14,876 people receive COVID-19 vaccine in Brunei

2021-05-03 14:36:23 GMT2021-05-03 22:36:23(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The Brunei government continued rolling out its COVID-19 national vaccination program on Monday, with the total number of vaccine recipients reaching 14,876 after the vaccination program was officially kicked off.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, since the implementation of the National Vaccination Program began on April 3, 14,876 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 14,526 people have received the first dose, while 350 people have received the second dose.

"At present, the administration of COVID-19 vaccine is still being implemented for Phase One, consisting of frontliners, students studying abroad and senior citizens aged 60 and above," the ministry said.

"Priority is given to frontliners and especially the elderly because frontliners have a higher risk of being infected with COVID-19 and the elderly have a higher risk of getting more severe complications of COVID-19 infection," the ministry added.

Health Minister Haji Mohammad Isham received his second dose of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine injection on Monday.

The minister received his vaccine injection at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, the country's largest public hospital, along with the permanent secretary, deputy permanent secretary, heads of departments, senior officers, other officers and staffs at the Ministry of Health; as well as officers consisting of frontliners.

The health ministry continues to encourage the public to join the national vaccination program, saying that although it is not mandatory to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, the people and residents of Brunei are still exposed to the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 disease.

"Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective measure to protect oneself, our family and the society from the harmful effects of COVID-19," the ministry said.

"In the medium and long term, the more people are vaccinated, the higher the level of immunity of the population in this country against the disease becomes. This in turn will be able to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on public and community health," the ministry added.

Located in southeast Asia, northwest of Kalimantan, Brunei has a population of about 450,000 in 2020. The country reported no new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with the national tally unchanged at 227. 218 patients have recovered and only six active cases are still being treated at the National Isolation Center.

The country has recorded 362 days without local COVID-19 infection cases since May 6, 2020, with only three deaths reported. Enditem