Second dose of Covid-19 vaccine to be administered to children aged 5-11 from today

A girl from Bhaktapur getting vaccinated on Sunday.
A girl from Bhaktapur getting vaccinated.

Kathmandu, July 18

The second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 is being administered to children between 5 years to 11 years of age in 27 districts from today.

The booster dose is being given to the children who were given the first dose between June 23 and 29.

The Ministry of Health and Population says that vaccination centres have been set up at the school itself for the convenience of the children of these 27 districts.

The children are being administered the Pfizer BioNTech vaccines.

The first dose was administered to 2.1 million children. The director of the Department of Health Services, Dr Dipendra Raman Singh, says the effectiveness of the vaccine is 91 per cent and it is safe, urging all children to get vaccinated.

The second dose vaccine is being given to children in Jhapa, Ilam, Sunsari and Morang in Province 1; Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari and Parsa in Madhesh; Makawanpur, Sindhuli, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchok, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur in Bagmati; Kaski and Nawalpur in Gandaki; Nawalparasi (West), Rupandehi, Dang, Banke and Bardiya in Lumbini; Surkhet in Karnali and Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dadeldhura in Sudurpaschim.

The vaccination programme will run till July 24.

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