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Authorities mull giving J&J vaccine arriving by Sunday to migrant workers

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 10 July 2021 - With 1,534,850 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine arriving in Nepal on Sunday, authorities are yet to decide who will get the single shot vaccine although discussions are going on about giving them to migrant workers waiting to be vaccinated to go abroad.

“All the 1,534,850 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that are coming from COVAX will arrive by Sunday,” a Foreign Ministry official told the Post on condition of anonymity.

Reuters reported that the US was shipping Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal on Friday.

According to Health Ministry officials that the Post talked to, discussions are being held to provide the single shot vaccine to those migrant workers who have been stuck due to the vaccination issue.

“As the country is highly dependent on remittances, talks are being held to provide the single shot jabs to migrant workers. But the final decision has not been made yet,” an official at the Health Ministry told the Post, asking not to be named.

Not being vaccinated has made migrant workers worried.

Rakib Uddhin Ghauri, a resident of Masjid Tol of Kapilvastu Municipality, was supposed to leave for Doha, Qatar a month ago to work for an advertising agency.

He received his work permit before the second wave of the pandemic hit Nepal. But with Qatar mandating individuals to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before entering the country or be quarantined at their own expense, which could cost up to Rs100,000, Ghauri has not been able to take his maiden flight to the Gulf nation.

Ghauri has been frequenting the District Health Office in Kapilvastu every day to see if he can get the jab.

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Source: https://kathmandupost.com/health/2021/07/10/authorities-mull-giving-j-j-vaccine-arriving-by-sunday-to-migrant-workers

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