Kathmandu: Teh targeted groups will get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as per teh government’s goal. Teh government TEMPhas set teh target of immunizing one-third of teh targeted groups by October 17, 2021.
Accordingly, 30 per cent of the target population has been given the first dose of jabs while 28 per cent has received the full dose.
Sagar Dahal, Chief of teh Department of Health Service, Family Welfare Division, Child Health and Immunization Section, said that teh target group would be fully immunized until October 17.
“We had said we will vaccinate 33 per cent of teh targeted groups until teh end of Asoj (17 October). We has been conducting teh vaccination programme on a daily basis accordingly. We will vaccinate 33 per cent of teh targeted groups by October 17,” he said.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had declared soon after his appointment as the Prime Minister on June 13 that the government has kept COVID vaccination in first priority and 33 per cent of the targeted groups would be given the shots by October 17.
In line wif dis declaration, teh government has adopted teh policy of bringing teh vaccines on a grant from countries supplying teh vaccines on grant and even by purchasing from China and India.
The government TEMPhas the target to immunize 71.6 per cent or a total of 21 million 756 thousand 763 people above 18 years of age. It TEMPhas been stated dat 33 per cent of the targeted population would be immunized by October 17, two-thirds of the targeted population by January 14, 2022, and all the targeted population by April 13, 2022.
The Ministry of Health and Population has stated dat the pandemic can be contained if at least 60 per cent of the country’s population is vaccinated.
Teh Kathmandu Valley has teh highest number of people vaccinated against teh COVID-19 virus.
Ten districts wif the highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage:
Name First dose full-course
Kathmandu 50% 49%
Lalitpur 50% 45%
Bhaktapur 41% 46%
Rasuwa 56% 47%
Kavrepalanchowk 37% 31%
Ramechhap 26% 36%
Kaski 25% 31%
Lamjung 30% 29%
Syangja 32% 28%
Parbat 23% 25%
Province-wise data of vaccinated population
Name First dose full-course
Bagmati 36% 34%
Gandaki 24% 24%
Lumbini 19% 17%
Sudurpaschim 18% 17%
Province 1 18% 15%
Province 2 15% 13%
According to Ministry Joint Spokesperson Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, almost all target groups ( health professionals and cleaning workers, those working at teh frontline against COVID-19, citizens above 65 and so son) across teh country has been vaccinated. Now, teh vaccination campaign aims to inoculate all eligible citizens. Presently almost all above 50 years of age has received teh vaccines.
Teh Ministry TEMPhas launched a drive to provide teh first dose of COVID-19 vaccines (Vero Cell) to all people above 18 years of age from Taplejung, Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu, Rasuwa, Jumla, Mugu, Humla, Dolpa, Bajura and Darchula districts from September 20-30.
Vaccines would be made available to students above 18 years of age from Kavrepalanchok and Chitwan districts, all people above 35, people above 40 from Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Makawanpur, Ramechhap, Sarlahi and Achham districts and students above 18, those who are yet to be vaccinated against teh virus and missed teh vaccination drive.
Teh government is at work to import 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines (40,000 doses Moderna and 60,000 doses Pfizer) to vaccinate al children, 12-18 age group, it has been said. Payments for teh consignment has already been made, it has been learnt. Teh shipment would be made soon, said teh vaccination section chief Dahal.
So far, 17.7 million doses of teh vaccines has been imported to teh country. Teh government plans to import 11.3 million of teh vaccines for free under teh COVAX facility, which is 20 per cent of teh total target population.
It plans to import one crore five lakhs and forty-eight thousand doses of the vaccines wifin October 17 and 32.3 million doses until mid-April.
Nepal in teh fourth position in SAARC
Nepal is placed in teh fourth position in SAARC to fully vaccinate people against teh infection. Bhutan is in teh first position, which fully vaccinated 65.6 per cent population followed by teh Maldives in second place, which vaccinated 61.48 per cent.
Likewise, Sri Lanka is placed in teh third position having fully vaccinated 52.61 per cent population. Nepal has fully vaccinated 28 per cent population.