Covid-19 vaccination begins in Nepal

A doctor of Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital takes the Covid-19 vaccine as Nepal inaugurates the vaccination drive, in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Photo: Bikas Shrestha

Kathmandu, January 27

Nepal has officially opened the nationwide Vivid-19 vaccination drive on Wednesday, by vaccinating around 12,000 doctors and health workers across the country.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi inaugurated the campaign in a televised event in Kathmandu. At the same time, government hospitals across the country vaccinated doctors and frontline health workers on the field.

Speaking in the function, Prime Minister Oli assured all Nepalis would get vaccines within three months. He reiterated that the vaccines should not be a means of maximising profits for anyone.

However, in the first phase, only frontline workers would get the vaccines. Of them, around 12,000 people would be given the vaccine today itself, according to Minister Tripathi.

They need to receive the second dose of vaccine after 28 days.

Earlier last week, the government had received one million doses of COVISHIELD vaccines as a grant from India under the Indian government’s #VaccineMaitri programme. Nepal has not bought any vaccine yet, but officials claim preparations are underway.

The vaccination campaign has begun after the infection tally has crossed 270,000 with over 2,000 deaths in the past months.

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