Kathmandu, June 22
The Supreme Court has told the government to provide senior citizens above 65 years the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, whose first dose they had received over three months ago.
Over 13.5 million people are waiting for the dose, according to the Ministry of Health and Population. As per the international standard, the second dose should be given after eight to 12 weeks of the first dose, but the senior citizens have already waited for more than 12 weeks.
In response to a writ petition filed by Arjun Raj Giri, a single bench of Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada issued an interim order on Tuesday.
The order, now, will leave the government helpless as it has failed to import the vaccines required for them.
Meanwhile, the court also issued a show-cause notice in the hearing, according to advocated Kirti Nath Sharma Paudel, who also pleaded on behalf of the petitioner.