In Dharamsala, seat of Tibet’s exile government the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), a shortage of vaccines at Delek Hospital—the largest Tibetan hospital in India—has now put an end to a program aimed at inoculating Tibetans age 18 and over, one doctor said.
“For now, we don’t have any vaccines in Delek Hospital, but we have a few options we are working on,” Dr. Tenzin Tsundue told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “One idea is for us to collaborate with larger hospitals, as the amount of vaccines we would need would be too small for us to order directly from the supplier.”
Nearly 140 Tibetans living in Dharamsala have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week, and those numbers are rapidly climbing as the virus continues to spread through the community, Tsundue said. “I urge Tibetans to get vaccinated in government hospitals now if they get the chance,” Tsundue said, adding, “Don’t wait for the Delek Hospital to get more vaccines. This is a matter of necessity now, not of choice.”