Vaccination drive for AstraZeneca vaccines begins

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Kathmandu: The Ministry of Health and Population has launched the AstraZeneca vaccination drive targeting senior citizens above 65 years of age who have received the first dose of Covishield vaccine.

The two-day vaccination campaign kicked off today.

According to Ministry’s joint-spokesperson Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, the campaign was launched following the arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines from Bhutan and Japan.

Senior citizens receiving the first dose of Covishield are to get the second dose after around four and half months of receiving the first dose.

Some 1.4 million people above 65 years of age were given the first dose of Covishield from March 7 to 24. The second dose was delayed as the vaccine purchased from India was not supplied. The vaccine is available from 149 vaccination centers in the capital.