The second dose of anti-COVID Astra Zeneca vaccine is being administered in all eight municipalities of Kathmandu from today. Citizens above 18 years of age who have taken the first dose are eligible to take the second dose.
The second dose of Astra Zeneca is being administered in Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Kirtipur Municipality, Chandragiri Municipality, Nagarjuna Municipality, Kageshwari Manohara Municipality, Tarkeshwor Municipality, Tokha Municipality and Gokarneshwar Municipality, according to the Health Ministry.
In case of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, the vaccine can be received at Bir Hospital, Birendra Sainik Hospital, Nepal Police Hospital, Philanthropic Maternity Hospital and Civil Hospital. These hospitals have a two-day vaccination program today and tomorrow.
The health office has stated that the vaccination program will be conducted for three days from today in the vaccination centers designated by respective municipalities. One must carry the vaccination card given during the administration of first dose so as to be eligible for the second dose.
Meanwhile, the government is planning to administer Pfizer vaccines from November 14 to people aged above 12 and people suffering from diabetes and cancer, among various other chronic diseases.
The United States-donated 100,620 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in Nepal on Monday.
The vaccines were supplied by the US government to Nepal in partnership with the COVAX facility. This is the first time the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech has arrived in Nepal.
The vaccine is authorized for use among people aged 12 and above. The two-dose vaccine that needs to be administered within a period of one month must be maintained at minus 70 degrees celsius.