Govt preparing to administer booster dose to citizens to avoid Omicron variant: Health Minister Khatiwada

Published On: December 6, 2021 11:19 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada has urged the citizens who have already taken two doses of COVID-19 vaccines to take booster doses.

At a meeting of the Education and Health Committee under the House of Representatives held at Singha Durbar on Sunday, Minister Khatiwada urged people who have already taken two doses against COVID-19 to take a booster dose.  While stating that the World Health Organization has requested for booster dose, Minister Khatiwada said that the third dose for COVID-19 has been brought into discussion with the discovery of the Omicron variant

Minister Khatiwada said that the government is making arrangements at the provincial and district level to make arrangements for those who have low immunity to get the third dose of vaccine within three to six months. 

Minister Khatiwada said that the government had taken all necessary precautions to avoid transmission of new variants of COVID-19.  While stating that the government has so far banned the arrival of people from about 10 countries to avoid the spread of new variants of COVID-19, he said that citizens from other countries arriving in Nepal would also be kept in quarantine and allowed to go home only after carrying out PCR tests.


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