Bhutan vaccinates almost 94% of its adult population


Bhutan has reportedly vaccinated close to 94% of adults who are eligible for vaccine in just about two weeks. According to the country’s Ministry of Health as of April 8, 2021, the number of individuals vaccinated has reached a total of 472,139. This accounts for roughly 64% of its total population.  A  statement by Prime Minister Lotay Tshering states that Bhutan needs over 70% of its population vaccinated to attain herd immunity. The vaccinated individuals range from age 18 to 104 years old. The vaccine administered in Bhutan is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India by the Serum Institute of India under the name of Covidshield. Clinical trials show Covidshield to be 90% effective.

The Ministry of Health has so far reported 929 confirmed cases of Covid in Bhutan with only one reported death ever since the pandemic started.