VIENTIANE, Sept 17: The Laos Ministry of Health has officially approved vaccinations for people aged 17 years and above under certain conditions, reports the Laotian Times.
A notice authorising the vaccines was posted on the social media page of the Lao National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
According to the information provided by the page, the vaccinations will be available for students in the final year of secondary school or people aged 17 years and above who will travel for the purposes of education, or who are preparing for tertiary entrance examinations at universities or other educational institutions.
The recommended vaccines that will be provided for those who fall into this category will be the Pfizer Biontech Covid-19 vaccine or the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine.
The Covid Taskforce reported that 4,690 tests were conducted over the last 24 hours, with 288 new cases of Covid-19 recorded.
The country saw 219 cases of community spread of Covid-19, with nine cases in Vientiane Capital, 139 in Savannakhet, 44 in Champasack, 26 in Khammouane, and one case in Salavanh Province.
Meanwhile, some 69 imported cases were recorded, with 44 in Salavanh, 14 in Savannakhet, seven in Vientiane Capital, two in Champsack, and two in Khammouane.
The country now has 3,938 active cases, with 16 confirmed deaths, while the total number of cases in Laos has now reached 18,347.
The Taskforce said today that there are now 20 red zones in Vientiane Capital, four red zones in Bokeo, 23 red zones in Savannakhet, and 45 red zones in Khammouane, with 21 villages in Champasack.