Myanmar Begins Nationwide COVID19 Vaccination Drive

Myanmar on Wednesday launched Covid-19 vaccination programme across the country. The drive started with the medical staff who are working in the frontline across the country’s regions and states.

Myanmar recently received the first batch of 1.5 million doses of Covishield vaccine, which will be enough for 750,000 people. Frontline health workers and volunteers are given priority to be inoculated from Wednesday, followed by parliamentarians from Friday, according to a statement from the Health and Sports Ministry.

As the first phase of the programme, over 3,800 medical staff of public health departments and hospitals are being vaccinated in Myanmar’s capital of Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. About 25,459 medical staff and health workers dealing with Covid-19 patients and those from the public health department of Yangon region will be vaccinated from Wednesday, said Tun Myint, Deputy Director-General of Yangon Region’s Public Health Department.

Vaccines will be distributed to the public from February 5, along with the members of union-level and regional or state-level governments, the statement said. The priorities will be given to the elderly, people with underlying diseases and people residing in the high density of population. The vaccines will be given in two doses and the second dose will follow 28 days after the first shot.