Nepal Covid-19 vaccine roll-out: PM Oli to inaugurate drive in Nepal at 10

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will inaugurate the Covid-19 vaccine drive in Nepal from Baluwatar at 10:00am, today.

Health-workers and sanitation workers deployed in the frontlines will first receive the vaccines in the first round of the campaign. Over 400,000 such frontline workers will be included in the initial stage.

The drive will begin with the virtual announcement of its commencement from 11 different hospitals in the capital.

The director of Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital Dr Sagar Rajbhandari will receive the first jab at the hospital.

It has been advised that the Covishield vaccine received from the Indian government cannot be administered to minors. Only individuals above 18 years can opt to receive the same.

Likewise, those showing symptoms of the disease will also not receive the vaccine. Pregnant women also cannot get jabbed against the disease.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has stated that a person has to sign a consent letter, a standard procedure, prior to getting vaccinated.

Recently, the Government had received a million vaccines in support from the Government of India.