Ministry health

Department of Health to start booster dose on December 24

Nima wangdi

Inoculation of the Covid-19 booster dose for priority groups will begin from December 24 to 31. The Department of Health (MoH) announced it yesterday.

The ministry’s press release said the vaccines would be dispensed from the respective health centers.

“Priority groups are all adults aged 18 and over residing in high-risk areas, all over 65, over 18 and living with chronic diseases, health workers and outgoing travelers, “the press release said.

According to a score sheet the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) shared last week, there are 172,328 people aged 18 and over living in high-risk areas.

According to records, there are 42,632 people over 65 at higher risk of severe infection, 6,797 people aged 18 and over living with chronic disease, and 6,824 health workers at high risk. infection.

The score sheet also indicated that chronic illnesses included heart disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic respiratory disease (COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, active pulmonary tuberculosis), cancers, chronic kidney disease, and chronic liver disease. .

According to the press release, the mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) will be injected as a booster.

“AstraZeneca or Covishield will be offered to people who have taken the same type of vaccine for the first two doses or if the mRNA vaccine is contraindicated,” the statement said.

Although the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group initially proposed that PMO only provide mRNA vaccines as booster doses based on the global trend, the PM asked the advisory group to re-examine the feasibility to use both types of vaccines for a booster dose.

The press release says the ministry will start distributing vaccines to the dzongkhags from December 16, and the dzongkhags will plan vaccination programs accordingly.

It is said that the risk of a confirmed coronavirus infection in those who received boosters appears to be 11 times lower than in those who received only two doses. Booster doses have been proven to work.

Bhutan has 263,010 doses of mRNA vaccine, of which 159,570 doses of Pfizer expiring in March 2022 and 103,440 doses of Moderna (half-doses) expiring in February 2022. “In addition, there are also 69,000 doses of Covishield expiring in March 2023. “

Bhutan rolled out its second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination on July 20, the distribution of which lasted for a week and a total of 76.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated to date.