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Bhutan Vaccination Program

Date Enacted: March 2021
Country: Bhutan
Region: South Asia

As of April 2021, according to a government press brief, 93.69% of the “eligible population” had been vaccinated (472,139 people). On March 25, 2021, “400,000 doses of Covishield vaccine . . .  was officially handed over” to Minister of Health Dasho Dechen Wangmo and the vaccines were immediately “distributed in all 20 districts” by “choppers and airplanes” for some areas of the country and “transported in refrigerated vans” elsewhere. There were “1001 vaccination centers and 45 doctors . . .  identified and deployed across the country.” Key features of the vaccination program included that “[t]he government coordinated its approach and reached out to all of these remote communities often by helicopter, with vaccines, which were then often distributed on foot by health workers, sometimes walking from village to village, through ice and snow” and that volunteers “support[ed] the Ministry of Health . . . with logistical support for vaccination programmes.”