Govt starts vaccinating teenagers below 18 – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

Govt starts vaccinating teenagers below 18 - The Himalayan Times - Nepal's No.1 English Daily Newspaper


Health authorities today started vaccinating children above 12 years of age and teenagers below 18 years, using Pfizer vaccine in 24 hospitals across the country.

The United States-donated 100,620 doses of Pfizer vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech had arrived in the country on October 25.

The vaccine was first used to inoculate people with chronic illnesses. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 7,364 people with chronic illnesses have been given the first dose of the vaccine.

“Since the vaccine is in stock, we decided to inoculate people in the age group 12-18. We’ll vaccinate up to 46,000 people with Pfizer vaccine,” said Samir Kumar Adhikari, assistant spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population.

“Since the stock of vaccines is limited, they are being given on a first-come-first-serve basis. People should show birth certificates as proof of their age in the vaccination centres to take the jab,”

Adhikari added. “More children and teenagers will be vaccinated later after we get more vaccines,” he said.

A version of this article appears in the print on November 22, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.

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