Nepal completes first phase of Covid-19 vaccination. Now, it’s journalists’, diplomats’ turn

A health worker prepares a dose of the COVISHIELD vaccine against Covid-19 in Kathmandu, January 2021.

Kathmandu, February 7

Nepal has completed vaccinating frontline health workers against Covid-19 in the first phase of its vaccination.

The Ministry of Health and Population says the available vaccines will be distributed among journalists and staff of diplomatic agencies in the next phase.

The ministry’s spokesperson Jageshwar Gautam says 184,857 people received the vaccines in the first phase. He says no untoward incidents took place during the vaccination. The government had established 201 vaccination centres for this phase.

In this phase, ambulance drivers, sanitation workers, and female community health volunteers also received the vaccines.

Most of the vaccine recipients were from the Bagmati province (63,308) whereas Karnali had the least (9,420).

The government of Nepal has not purchased any of the vaccines yet. In the first phase, it had used the doses donated by India as a grant.

Meanwhile, Nepal is expecting to receive more vaccines from China and the World Health Organisation’s Covax also soon.

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