A health worker being inoculated with COVID vaccines. (Photo: RSS)
KATHMANDU: Less than half of the target got inoculated with the coronavirus vaccines in the first phase of the vaccination drive launched by the government.
The Ministry of Health and Population was preparing to vaccinate 430,000 people against the coronavirus till Friday.
However, the ministry had added one more day to the first phase of the campaign after only 171,000 people were vaccinated in that period.
As of Saturday evening, the last day of the vaccination campaign, about 200,000 people had been vaccinated against the pandemic, according to the ministry.
The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 had started on last Wednesday, exactly one year after the start of COVID testing in Nepal.
In the first phase of the campaign, health workers working on the frontline, ambulance and hearse drivers, women health volunteers, inmates, airport and checkpoint staff, and security personnel were vaccinated.
Nepal had received one million ‘Covishield’ vaccines as assistance from India.