In second roll out, Bhutan has vaccinated 90 percent of the eligible population and this is yet another successful vaccination program. This is result of leadership of His Majesty The King and tireless effort by the government.
The week-long campaign for the second round of Covid-19 vaccination, around 473,382 people were vaccinated according to the report of Health Ministry.
After the week-long campaign, it was followed by home-based vaccination till 31 July. Children aged between 12 and 17 years have also received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. About 75,000 children between the age of 12 and 17 years in the country must have received the dose.
The government started vaccinating children in the same age group on July 22. It began from Phuentsholing and Samtse where children were given the Pfizer vaccine.
Following the emergency use approval of the Moderna vaccine for children between 12 and 17 years, children in nine dzongkhags with high-risk populations were identified for the vaccination programme that began on July 29.
Lead by the Prime Minister, ministers, parliamentarians, civil servants, retired and old age people had volunteered to take first dose Moderna vaccine. This had served as exemplary helped in clearing in stigma on mix-match approach of Covid vaccine.
Lyonchhen emphasized that scientifically all vaccines are very safe. He said that the government wanted to give the best vaccine to the people and encouraged to take Moderna as it is by far the best heterologous.
A total of 4,868 health workers helped to conduct mass vaccination campaigns within a week and this is an extraordinary achievement.
Bhutan is now a beacon of successful Covid-19 pandemic vaccination. The story of success was highlighted by the international media. The Prime Minister had spoken on ABC network Australia about the country’s vaccine roll out and pandemic stories. The Health Minister Dasho Dechen Wangmo was also invited to speak in CNN international to share Bhutan’s incredible 90 percent success of vaccination.
Even during the first vaccination campaign, Bhutan vaccinated 93 percent of adults in two weeks.
The National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NI-TAG) has recommended that the second dose of the mRNA should be given within 4 to 8 weeks after the first dose.
People with underlying health conditions were given the Moderna vaccine as it was more effective against the Delta variant of the virus. The pregnant and breast feeding were also inoculated this time. There were no report of death or serious side effects from the vaccination.
The Drukpas should feel blessed for getting the vaccine.