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More Than Two Million Doses Of Covid Vaccine To Arrive This Year

Source: Vientiane Times

Laos will receive another 2,434,580 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the Chinese and Australian governments as well as the private sector this year, a senior government official has said.

“So far we have received five types of Covid-19 vaccine, including about 5,567,490 doses of the Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Sputnik vaccines,” Director General of the Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion, Dr Phonepaseuth Ounaphome said on Friday.

As the vaccination programme gains momentum around the country, up until September 19 a total of 2,799,549 people had received a first dose of a Covid vaccine and 1,909,360 people had been given two doses.

At least 50 percent of the adult population in Bokeo province and Vientiane have been fully vaccinated, while 38 percent have had one dose of a vaccine.

Health workers are currently administering the second round of Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccinations and urge everyone to come forward to be immunised.

Dr Phonepaseuth also said the Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines will be offered to students in Grade 7 of secondary schools and others who are 17 or older, and to those who are travelling to study or preparing for university entrance exams.

Women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant will also be offered a Covid vaccine, but the Ministry of Health has not yet said which type.

The government’s target is for 50 percent of the adult population to be vaccinated by the end of this year, but due to the limited quantity of vaccine available, priority will be given people in high-risk situations.