With the plan to procure four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from India in the final phase, the government intends to immunise those above 60 years after a month
With the plan to procure four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from India in the final phase, the government intends to immunise those above 60 years after a month.
“We will start inoculating people above 60 after a month,” Dr Roshan Pokhrel, chief specialist at the Ministry of Health and Population, told the Post. “We will extend the immunisation centres to the local level to immunise the targeted population.”
The government hopes to administer the first dose of vaccine to those above 60 along with the second dose to the health workers and other frontline workers who have been getting the first dose since last week.
Nepal's Ministry of Health has assured the public that there will be enough free COVID-19 vaccines for everyone above 18, after the first phase of inoculating frontline workers is complete.
Nearly 150,000 of the 430,000 health workers and other high-risk groups in the first phase have already been vaccinated with the Astra Zeneca Covishield made by the Serum Institute of India. However, that is only half of the people on the government’s priority list.
The ministry is now waiting for more than 2.25 million more Covishield vaccines to arrive under the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) COVAX initiative.