The government has started administering Pfizer vaccines to children between 13 and 18 years of age from 24 hospitals across the country from Sunday. The inoculation drive is said to last till Tuesday.
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 centers to take the jab,” Adhikari added.
The Health Ministry had earlier decided that all immunocompromised people including children above 12 years old would be administered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from 24 hospitals throughout the country from November 14.
The ministry said that only around 7,000 people have taken the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the last seven days.
The vaccine is being administered from Bir Hospital, Army hospital, Civil Hospital, Patan Hospital, Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre and Shahid Dharmabhakta National Transplant Centre Bhaktapur in Kathmandu Valley.
Likewise BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital in Bharatpur and Dhulikhel Hospital in Kavre are also providing the vaccine targeting the people of Bagmati Province.
In Province 1, the vaccine is being administered at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan; Mechi Zonal Hospital, Jhapa; and Koshi Hospital. In Province 2, Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital, Janakpur Hospital, and Narayani Hospital are administering the vaccine.
In Gandaki Province, the vaccine is being administered at Gandaki Academy of Health Sciences, and Dhaulagiri Hospital in Baglung, and in Province 5 at Lumbini Provincial Hospital, Butwal, Rapti Academy of Health Sciences, Dang, and Bheri Hospital, Banke.
Similarly, In Karnali Province, the vaccine is being administered at Province Hospital, Surkhet, and in Sudurpaschim Province, from Seti Provincial Hospital, Dhangadhi, and Dadeldhura Hospital.
Nepal so far has received 23,163,930 doses of Covid-19 vaccines–Vero Cell, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Pfizer-BioNTech. Of them, the COVAX facility has supplied 4,806,210 doses.
As of Sunday, 7,713,409 (25.4 percent of the total population) have been fully vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry.