Minister Khatiwada launches Covid-19 vaccination drive for children

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Kathmandu: Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada has launched Covid-19 vaccination campaign for school children.  The Minister formally launched the campaign from the Hetauda Sub metropolis-based Bhutandevi Secondary School in Makwanpur district. 

It may be noted that Minister Khatiwada had completed his schooling from the same school. On the occasion, the Health Minister announced that no Nepali citizen would be deprived of Covid-19 vaccine, according to his press advisor Shantaram Bidari. 

He said the campaign would continue until it covers all eligible children. Arrangements have been mostly made from the district level for the vaccination. 

The government’s campaign to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17 kicked off today in 57 districts of seven provinces. 

In case of eight districts of three provinces, the campaign will be held between December 28 and January 6, 2022 and Pfizer vaccine will be given in those districts. The districts include Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhuli, and Chitwan in Bagmati Province, Surkhet in Karnali Province and Dadeldhura in Sudur Paschim province.  

As per the government’s vaccination schedule, the second dose will be given from January 18 to 27, 2022.   

A committee comprising the Chief District Officer and the local government head has been formed to establish the vaccination center within the school. For schools with a smaller number of students, one center will be set up to cover two to three schools.