Covid-19 vaccine offered to foreign nationals

Health authorities say foreign nationals living and working in Laos can get Covid-19 vaccinations free of charge, including diplomats, overseas workers, government workers, students, businesspeople, and employees of international organisations.

Director-General of the Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion and member of the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Dr Phonepaseuth Ounaphom, said that foreign nationals who wish to be vaccinated can go to district, provincial or central hospitals to find out if they meet the stated criteria.

However, they cannot choose which vaccine they will receive as the government has allocated the different vaccines for separate target groups.

Many people want to have the Pfizer vaccine but this is only available for older adults.

Vaccinations are currently taking place in hospitals, including district hospitals, which have appropriate facilities.

The government does not allow anyone to buy vaccines for commercial purposes and everyone has equal access to vaccines without discrimination, regardless of their wealth status.

Health officials are continuing to vaccinate target groups and to offer the vaccine to all other citizens so that immunisation targets can be reached or even exceeded.

People who expect to enter or leave Laos, such as diplomats, foreign workers, government employees, students, businesspeople, and the staff of international organisations, can also register to be vaccinated. — Vientiane Times/ANN

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