Bhutan now is ever ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccine after clearing all the stigmatization of public. Around 80 countries started rolling out vaccines since 15 February 2021, yet vaccination has been slower than expected. During the address to the nation Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that the government is prepared to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine.
After early hiccups and observations, international researchers have now said that they are all set to “roll out” their vaccine for the masses. Leading scientists have expedited the process of vaccine development, with positive hopes. Bhutan has observed the global scenario and now almost all have no fear.
The first consignment consigned through an Indian Air Force aircraft AN32, Bhutan received 150, 000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covidsheild vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) in February.
Bhutan will get second consignment of vaccine 400,000 doses from India on March 22.
The government has been preparing almost for seven months. More than 400,000 people have registered for the vaccine. According to the health ministry, there are around 533,000 people identified as eligible to receive vaccine. Distribution and logistics, including vaccine storage and cold chain management will be done in every chiwog.
The vaccination programme which will begin from 27 March considering astrologically good day will complete in a week. Most of the population will receive the Covishield vaccine. However, those aged 16 and 17 years will have to wait for the Pfizer vaccine. Bhutan will soon have 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
The government made the registration for vaccination compulsory, but not a mandatory to take the vaccine. However, government hints those who choose not to take the vaccine may have to take risk.
The convenient plan is there will be no lockdown during the vaccination except some form of travel restriction will be there.
All hope that the COVID-19 vaccines to the public with care-home residents and the elderly first in line for a jab that medics hope will allow the country to have immunity. Let the vaccine give us resilience and protection. From this sense, taking the jab is important for the safety of oneself and the communities. All should leave the stigma of side effect. We have studied. Build faith towards the national programme. This is another way how Bhutan is ready for vaccine roll out.
May world too return to some semblance of normality from the vaccine roll out.