61 percent of population fully vaccinated in Province 1: Health ministry

Published On: March 29, 2022 01:26 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

ITAHARI, March 29: Sixty-one percent of the population of Province 1 has obtained the complete dose of COVID-19 vaccines.

According to a presentation made by Dr Bibek Kumar Lal of the Ministry of Health and Population, at Big Hotel of Biratnagar on Monday afternoon, 62 percent of the population of the province has been administered the first dose of vaccine against COVID-19. 

Dr Lal, who is the chief of the Family Welfare Division at the ministry, said 940,202 doses of vaccines are in the stock in the province. Nepal started COVID-19 vaccination drive from 27 January 2021. The booster dose has been administered to all vaccinated people since 16 January. 

The vaccination for children below the age bracket of 5 to 11 will be started in the near future, informed Dr Lal. He added, ''According to a December 2021 survey, 13 percent of people are reluctant to be vaccinated. This needs to be addressed.''  

Dr Lal urged all Provincial Assembly members attending the program to make vaccine friendly citizenry. The program was organized by the ministry and technically supported by WHO.


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