Bhutan starts mass COVID-19 vaccination

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THIMPHU, March 27 (Xinhua) — The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program in Bhutan kicked off on Saturday.

A 30-year-old woman was administered the first jab of Covishield vaccine on Saturday morning in Thimphu city.

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, who is currently in quarantine after returning from Bangladesh a day before, has also received the jab, according to the update shared by the Prime Minister’s office on his social media profile. He was the second person to receive the vaccination.

Cabinet ministers have also been inoculated along with other parliament representatives.

To help the general public believe that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and far outweighs the risk of COVID-19 virus, the prime minister has decided to get vaccinated on the first day and also get his family members of around 50 people to get the jab.

The vaccines have been distributed to all 20 districts across the country, as the country expects to run the mass vaccination within a week’s time.

More than 14,000 were inoculated as per mid-day figure update on the Prime Minister’s social media profile shared to the public. Enditem

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