More than 200,000 people have received the vaccine against COVID-19 in Sudurpaschim Province, including Baitadi district.

A press statement released by the Ministry of Social Development in Sudurpaschim Province here today stated that the vaccines were administered from the end of January this year till date. A total of 220,808 people in all nine districts of the province have received the jab during this period, the ministry said.

Kailali district recorded the highest number of COVID-19 vaccination - 63,397 -- among the nine districts in the province, said spokesperson at the ministry, Narendra Karki.

Karki said Dadheldhura district saw the lowest number of vaccinations at 11,244. In the first phase, frontline health workers, sanitation workers and ambulance and hearse drivers were prioritised for vaccination.

Mediapersons, government employees, security personnel working along the border and people's representatives received the jab in the second phase. Likewise, senior citizens were among the people availing the vaccination in the third phase.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.