Nearly 50 percent of the targeted population in Kathmandu Valley has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Population said on Wednesday.

According to Sagar Dahal, Chief of Child Health and Vaccination Section, Family Welfare Division at the Department of Health Services, 50 percent of the population in the Valley has received the first dose vaccine while 48 percent has received the full two doses.

A total of 1,622,441 people have been given the first dose while 1,562,734 people have received the full dose vaccine.

Of the population of 3,247, 558 in the Kathmandu Valley, the target is to immunize a population of 2,129,773 above 18 years of age.

As per the current statistics, it has been estimated that at least 50 percent of the target population in the Valley will be inoculated latest by the Dashain festival.

The government has set a target to vaccinate 33 percent population of the nation against COVID-19 by October 17, 2021. The government has prepared to vaccinate two-third population within mid-January 2022 and all eligible citizens by mid-April 2022.

Meanwhile, 17,858,710 doses of vaccines including 2,448,000 doses of Covishield, 1,975,860 doses of AstraZeneca, 1,534,850 doses of the Johnson & Johnson and 11,900,000doses of the VeroCell vaccines, have arrived in Nepal so far.