Kathmandu, June 2
After months of delay, the government is finally distributing Covid-19 vaccines among the 60-64 age group across the country beginning from coming Tuesday, June 8.
The Health Ministry Spokesperson Dr Krishna Prasad Paudel says the one million Chinese vaccines the government recently received from China as aid will be distributed for the group across the country.
The ministry says there are around 854,000 people in this group across the country, but still claims the second dose will also be ensured for everyone willing to vaccinate.
The claim comes at a time when over 1.3 million people above the age of 65 are waiting for the second dose of the Covishield vaccines. The government is not sure when and how it will bring Covishield vaccines as the Serum Institute of India, which the government has paid for the vaccines, says it will not export any jab before the end of 2021. On the other hand, the World Health Organization’s Covax programme has also asked Nepal to choose an alternative to Covishield.
People will have to show their citizenship certificate or any government-approved document that specifies their age to receive the vaccine.