Govt decides to give booster dose to senior citizens

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Kathmandu (Rashtriya Samachar Samiti): The Ministry of Health and Population has announced that senior citizen who have been vaccinated against the corona virus will receive the booster dose.

Based on the recommendation of the National Immunization Advisory Committee, a booster dose will be given to senior citizens above 60 years of age who have been given two doses of Vero cell.

Dr. Vivek Kumar Lal, head of the Family Welfare Division at the Department of Health Services, said that the recommendation of the committee and the World Health Organization (WHO) standards have been given to the senior citizens above 60 years of age who have been vaccinated twice.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari also held a discussion with Health Minister Birodh Khatiwada and a high-ranking official of the ministry and requested for a booster dose for the vaccinated citizens.

“The WHO has recommended a booster dose for people over the age of 60 who have been vaccinated with two doses of verocell vaccine,” Khatiwada told a regular press conference at the ministry on Wednesday. One dose of vaccine booster dose is recommended after three months. Accordingly, the ministry has started the preparation.

He said that even after vaccinating more and more people, additional dose (booster dose) will be given.

‘What is the current risk of infection with a variant of corona virus? The WHO is studying booster doses to see if previous vaccines can compete with the current variant. The government will take a further decision on the booster dose by re-evaluating the results of all that, ‘he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that some people with special conditions be given a booster dose after they have been vaccinated. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also recommended that a single dose be given to people with cancer, organ transplants, immunodeficiency (HIV), and those who use anti-depressant drugs.

Some countries in the world have been found to be taking booster doses on their own, but the WHO has not recommended booster doses to cover the entire population. “Still, all member states need to vaccinate as many people as possible. It has been said that after adding all the population, only more should be added, ‘he said.

Covishield AstraZeneca, Vero cell, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines are being administered in Nepal. In Nepal, 53.7 percent of the target population has been vaccinated first and 44.5 percent has been fully vaccinated.