Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota has urged all citizens to take the vaccine against COVID-19 without any hesitation as it has been verified through scientific research.

The Speaker made the appeal while talking to journalists after getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at the local Minbhawan-based Civil Service Hospital premises today.

Speaker Sapkota also expressed confidence that the vaccination programme would be successful as the environment for the same was well-managed and convenient.

"I had thought it would be a bit uneasy while taking the vaccine. But it was absolutely not so. I even did not realise that I had been vaccinated whereas I had thought it's about time to take the vaccine.

It was all over without me realising that I was being given the jab," he shared about his experience of taking the vaccine.

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal also appealed to all citizens to protect themselves against COVID-19 by taking the vaccine against the disease without any doubt.

He said he felt that humanity had become successful in attaining victory over nature with the discovery of the vaccine against COVID-19 and its certification in the context of the whole of humanity facing a difficult situation with the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I thought that it was going to be slightly painful when watching other people being vaccinated. When my turn came, I did not even realise I had been administered the vaccine. It is that simple and painless," he said.

Replying to journalists' question on the current political transition, he said the Supreme Court verdict (reinstating the House of Representatives) had opened the way to take ahead the constitution, the polity and democracy in the right way.

He said: "The court verdict has guaranteed that now politics will come back on track. Justice, democracy and constitution have won, which is important. The rest of the things will become clear with the House of Representatives session starting on March 7," he said.

Former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal also urged the people to take the vaccine against COVID-19 without the slightest of hesitation as it has proved effective through deep study and research carried out by the international community.

On the present political situation of the country, former prime minister Nepal said that the Supreme Court verdict has protected democracy and the constitution, which were in danger and the political parties would be resolving the 'political impasse' seen at present through the Parliament.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.