KATHMANDU, June 21: Since the country launched the vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease on January 27, as many as 731,653 people have so far received both the doses of the vaccines. This accounts for nearly 2.5 percent of the roughly total population of 30,000,000.
The Health Ministry on Monday shared that 2,500,196 people received the first dose of the vaccine in the past five months.
Nepal launched the inoculation campaign in January-end after it received one million vaccines donated by its southern neighbor India on January 21. Frontline workers including the health professionals, government employees, sanitation workers and security personnel were administered vaccines in the first phase.
Nepal is administering vaccines to the senior citizens, aged between 60 and 64, in recent days after it received a fresh batch of vaccines from the northern neighbor China.
As many as 1.4 million people including the senior citizens, aged over 65, however, have been waiting for the booster dose of the Covishield vaccines.
Nepal’s vaccination drive falls uncertain as the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd- the world’s largest COVID-19-- vaccine manufacturer company in India, stated that it would not be able to supply Covishield vaccines to any other country before 2022.