The coverage of COVID-19 inoculation campaign has exceeded its target. The government had set a goal of vaccinating one-third of the target group by the end of mid-October.

The Ministry of Health and Population had covered 33 per cent of the target group in the vaccination campaign by October 17 and its data suggests that the achievement is more than the target.

It may be noted that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had pledged to implement the vaccination drive against COV- ID-19 with top priority shortly after assuming the post on July 13.

According to official data, 42.2 per cent of the target group has so far received the first dose while 33.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The government's target was to vaccinate 21,756,763 population above 18 years.

According to Child Health and Immunisation Section, Department of Health Services, till date 18,858,710 doses of vaccine have arrived. Section Chief Sagar Dahal said additional 24,158,780 doses of vaccine will be received through direct procurement and the COVAX-facility.

Preparations are under way to get 100,620 doses of vaccines for people in the 12-18 age group by the end of October. During the same period, the government is to receive 1,600,000 doses of Vero Cell vaccine from China.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.