Govt administering Covid-19 vaccine to children aged between 5 to 12 years from today 

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Kathmandu: The government is administering the Covid-19 vaccine to children aged between five to 12 years from today.

The children in this age group will be administered the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine across the country, according to the government. 

For the vaccination campaign, 1300 vaccination centers have been designated, wherein a total of 3.9 million children will be administered the vaccine, said Basanta Adhikari, chief of the Kathmandu District Health Office at a press conference.

According to him, Kathmandu district has already completed preparations for the campaign. “At least 190,000 children of the target age group will get vaccinated at their respective schools in the district. Likewise, the vaccine will also be administered to children at child correction homes,” he said. 

Approximately 2.2 million doses of the vaccine arrived in Nepal on June 19 with the assistance of the United States of America through the COVAX facility.

Director-General of the Department of Health Services Dr Dipendra Raman Singh urged parents to get their children vaccinated as the vaccine is ‘91 percent effective’.  

Under the vaccination campaign, children between the age group from 27 districts will be administered the first dose from June 23 to 29 and the second dose from July 18 to 24.

Likewise, in the second phase, the first dose will be administered to children of 50 districts from August 21 to 27, and second dose from September 12 to 17.