Myanmar health workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations

Health workers in Myanmar are receiving the first COVID-19 vaccinations in the Southeast Asian country, five days after the first vaccines were delivered from India

On Wednesday, Suu Kyi observed vaccinations at a hospital in the capital, Naypyitaw, and told reporters that the inoculation campaign must proceed carefully because the government does not have all the supplies it needs. She said people would be monitored for side effects and be issued certificates that they have been vaccinated.

Suu Kyi, 75, is expected to be vaccinated Thursday.

About 100 personnel were being vaccinated Wednesday at the Ayeyarwaddy COVID-19 Treatment Center in Yangon, the country's biggest city. It was set up last September with 1,000 beds to house coronavirus patients, and later also became a testing center.

Myo Thet Naing, a health worker at the center, had no complaints after getting vaccinated.

“So far I feel nothing. It is all good,” she said.

Htet Aung Lin, a 19-year-old volunteer, said he was aware of the health threat when he decided to help out at the center, but after receiving a vaccine, “I feel very pleased and happy.”

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Associated Press journalist Aung Shine Oo in Naypyitaw contributed to this report.