The second dose of vaccine against COVID-19 is being administered to children between 5 to 12 years of age in 27 districts across the nation from today.

The booster dose is being given to the children who were administered the first dose between June 23 and 29.

The Ministry of Health and Population said that vaccination centre has been set up at the school itself for the convenience of the children of these 27 districts. The children are being administered the Pfizer BioNTech vaccines.

The first dose was administered to 2.1 million children throughout the country.

Director at the Department of Health Services, Dr Dipendra Raman Singh said the effectiveness of the vaccine is 91 percent and it is safe, urging all children to get vaccinated.

The districts in which the second dose vaccine is being given to children include Jhapa, Ilam, Sunsari and Morang in Province no 1, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari and Parsa in Madhes province, Makawanpur, Sindhuli, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchok, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur in Bagmati province, Kaski and Nawalparasi (East) in Gandaki province, Nawalparasi (West), Rupandehi, Dang, Banke and Bardia in Lumbini province, Surkhet in Karnali province and Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dadeldhura in Sudurpaschim province.

The vaccination programme will run till July 24.