The Ministry of Health and Population today launched the vaccination drive for people above 65 years of age who have received the first dose of Covishield vaccine.
According to MoHP Joint Spokesperson Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, the two-day drive was launched following the arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines from Bhutan and Japan. Covishield and AstraZeneca vaccines are based on the formula developed by the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, with different brand names.
It makes no difference for those already getting the first jab of Covishield to receive the AstraZeneca as the second dose. Senior citizens receiving the first dose of Covishield are getting the second dose after four and a half months of receiving the first dose.
Around 1.4 million people above 65 years of age were given the first dose of Covishield from March 7 to 24. The second dose was delayed as the vaccine purchased from India was not supplied. The vaccine is available from 149 vaccination centres in the capital.