Govt postpones plan to administer ‘additional’ Covid-19 vaccine dose

File: Ministry of Health and Population
File: Ministry of Health and Population

Kathmandu, January 5

The Ministry of Health and Population has postponed its plan to administer an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccines to selected priority groups.

Earlier, the vaccination campaign was set to begin on Tuesday. Accordingly, many senior citizens and people with chronic diseases had reached the vaccination centre but were returned empty-handed.

Later, the ministry issued a statement in the evening saying the campaign was postponed as preparations were not enough and providing basic doses of vaccines to the eligible age group was a priority now.

The government has assured the public that the additional doses will be provided soon.

Strategically, the government had not named the doses ‘booster’ as it would be the additional doses to everyone.

In the first stage, the government was providing additional doses to people above the age of 60 who had received Vero Cells vaccines in the past, people with chronic diseases and those with compromised immunity.

Active cancer patients, people with transplanted organs, HIV-positives, and people compromising immunity for treatment would also get the additional doses as announced.

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