People above 65 years to receive second dose of anti-COVID jabs in mid-June

Citizens above the age of 65, who received their first dose of anti-COVID vaccine will be administered the second dose of coronavirus vaccine by mid-June.

The first dose of Covishield vaccine was given to those over 65 years of age on March 7. The second dose should be given within 8 to 12 weeks of getting the first dose.

The population of this age group in Nepal is about 1.79 million.

The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) Family Welfare Division Director Dr Taranath Pokhrel said, “The second dose of vaccine will be provided to the people in this age group from the one million doses purchased from India and remaining one million which has yet to be supplied by the Serum Institute of India.”

Earlier, as many as 944,432 people over the age of 65 had received the first dose of Covishield vaccine. This number is 3.12 percent of the total population of Nepal.

So far in Nepal and other countries of the world, according to the complications of coronavirus and death statistics, this age group seems to be most affected by the virus.

According to Dr Sameer Kumar Adhikari, deputy spokesperson of MoHP, 7.72 percent of the infected people in the country are above 65 years of age.

But so far, 53 percent of deaths due to coronavirus have occurred among people over the age of 65.