As the virus is rapidly rising again, whispers about a lockdown are spreading. The coronavirus has been spreading again. And it has been a year since the country went into lockdown last year in March 2020. Nepal started its first vaccination drive in January of 2021. And amidst this increasing number of virus cases, vaccination is extremely crucial. The COVID vaccine in Nepal has gone through many scenarios.
The first vaccination drive in Nepal was in late January of 2021. That was possible after India gifted Nepal 1 million doses of its covid vaccine, CoviShield. Developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca CoviShield was then manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
After that Nepal had purchased one million more doses of the CoviShiled to continue the vaccination.
Following this, China also donated 500,000 of its vaccines, SinoPharm, to Nepal on March 29, 2021. The priority set for the people to be inoculated were students who were admitted and under the scholarship of Chinese education institutes so that they could go to China and resume their classes.
In early January of 2021, Russia had announced that it intended to send 25 million doses of its SputnikV vaccination. But this turned out to be a rumor only as the government denied it.
Nepal was fortunate enough to have two neighboring countries which donated vaccination at the beginning of the year. Otherwise, maybe the vaccination drive would still not have started!
Nepal had been one of the first countries in the Asia Pacific to vaccinate refugees. However, now with India dealing with its own case surges it is unable to sell the CoviShiled to Nepal currently.
Currently, 1.9 million people are vaccinated in Nepal.
At a time when cases are seeing such a dangerous surge, the government of Nepal has allowed conditional emergency use of the Russian SputnikV Vaccine. The emergency use approval is because the covid Vaccine has not been completely testified with complete evidence. However, due to the weak scenario in Nepal, the government has approved a conditional application.
Currently, there is not just a worry of a shortage of vaccines but also the shortage of oxygen tanks for patients.
In the beginning in Nepal and throughout the world people were nervous and doubted getting a vaccination. As a new vaccine into our systems raised many questions. Yet, after the World Health Organisation started approving vaccination people started using trust.
Likewise in Nepal, vaccination was not made a big priority as the drive started. When there was not any lockdown and people had almost started going back to normal. At a time like this, the government had also focused on front-line workers and senior adults. However, now that the wave of the virus hits the country harshly again, people have been frantic for vaccinations.
Where to get the Covid vaccine in Nepal?
As reported by The Himalayan Times, the Kathmandu district health office has assigned additional centers for the vaccination program. For people in the 18-59 age range, the first dose of China’s Vero cell will be available across several health facilities.
Which are :
- Civil Hospital (Minbhawan)
- Nepal APF Hospital ( Balambu)
- National Ayurvedic Research Center (Kirtipur)
- Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital (Thapathali)
- Nepal Medical College (Attarkhel)
- Kathmandu Medical College (Sinamangal)
- Himal Hospital (Gyaneshwor) has been assigned with the responsibility or administration of the first dose of the Chinese vaccine.
Different Covid Vaccine
Also, there are many different vaccinations released. However, not all of them have got approval from WHO.
When the Russian covid Vaccine first got released, people were very skeptical. But after the results from the phase, 3 trials reported a 91.6% efficacy rate, the people have started to trust and demand it.
WHO also approves emergency usage of the Astra Zeneca Covishield. This means that the vaccines can be allowed for global export.
WHO has yet to approve the Chinese Sinopharm Verocell vaccination. But they have approved emergency usage of the German Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccination.
There have been many vaccinations released from different corners of the world. However, we do not have the freedom or accessibility to choose from the range. Currently, Nepal has Chinese vaccines and will soon also have Russian vaccinations.