Over 96 percent inoculated till date

To push up its target of making all adults eligible for vaccines, the vaccination program is still being continued at health facilities across the nation.

There are still over 28,000 eligible adults who have deferred their vaccinations for several reasons while 3,959 eligible adults refused to take the jab

Lhakpa Tshering

Vaccinating a high percentage of the eligible population against Covid-19 in the country is a crucial part of the Ministry of Health’s strategy and approach to curb the pandemic.

Following a month since the nationwide vaccination campaign kicked off on 27 March, about 480,000 doses have been administered, fully vaccinating 479,679 of the eligible adults or 96 percent with their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

To push up its target of making all adults eligible for vaccines, the vaccination program is still being continued at health facilities across the nation.

Going by the dzongkhag-wise vaccination status, Thimphu Dzongkhag vaccinated 12,212 of its eligible adult population taking it to 103 percent of the coverage. Although the initial number of registered individuals was only 11,805 people, it still has 3 percent of eligible adults to be vaccinated.

This was followed by Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag, vaccinating 10,080 eligible adults or more than 100 percent against its initial registration of 10,009 adults. With this, the dzongkhag still has 4 percent of eligible adults for full vaccine coverage.

Paro and Chhukha have the lowest coverage of vaccination with 92.2 and 92.3 percent, respectively. For full vaccine coverage, Paro has about 6 percent while Chhukha has about 8 percent still waiting to receive the vaccine.

Among Thromdes, Phuentsholing achieved over 104 percent coverage or 23,170 eligible adults, leaving only 0.5 percent for full vaccination coverage.

Thimphu Thromde has vaccinated over 98 percent or 83,446 eligible adults against its initial registered number of 22,126 people, while it has over 13 percent of eligible adults, to be jabbed.

While Samdrup Jongkhar achieved 93 percent, it still has 7 percent to achieve full coverage. Gelephu Thromde also vaccinated over 95 percent of its total eligible adults, leaving behind only 3.5 percent to be fully covered.

While the vaccination coverage for colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan is 98 percent or 9,010 of 9,240 students, the coverage for staffs of the colleges, including the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, is 93 percent or 1,303 of 1,397 eligible people.

Sherubtse College in Trashigang, Gyalpoizhing College of Information Technology in Mongar, and College of Science and Technology in Rinchhending, Phuentsholing has fully covered its eligible population for the vaccine.

In schools, over 5 percent or 8,427 eligible students received the jab of 151,606 total students in 592 schools in the country. And the coverage for its teachers is 92 percent or 13,208 of 14,322 eligible adults.

According to the ministry, most of the unvaccinated teachers are deferred because of pregnancy, lactation, and medical conditions.

However, there are still 28,000 eligible adults to be jabbed for several reasons. The cases include 2,870 pregnancies, 5,152 lactation issues, 8,476 co-morbidity, health conditions, and old age, 1,724 are on meditation or retreat, while 992 have left abroad or their phones unreachable.

Besides, it also includes 3,959 eligible adults who refused to take the jab and 4,511 individuals listed under ‘other reasons’ for not being able to take the jab.