A total of 5,136,399 people have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Laos, (70% of the country’s population), according to the Lao Ministry of Health. A total of 4,367,592 people had been given a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, equal to 59.52% of the population.
In addition, 953,825 people have had a booster dose, accounting for 13%of the population.
In the 6-11 age group, 181,607 children, about 19%of this group, have received a first jab since the children’s COVID-19 immunization program began just one week ago.
In the 12-17 age group, 580,871 children have taken a first dose, equal to 67.1%of this group, and 429,552 have had a second jab, equal to 49.6%of this group. The focus of the vaccination rollout is now on children because they are at high risk of infection.
The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control is also focusing on vaccinating older people, those with an existing illness, pregnant women, and staff and service providers in offices.
The Lao government plans to vaccinate 80% of the population by the end of 2022. Laos is currently preparing for an Onmicrom outbreak with the first community cases detected in past weeks.