Opening scenes from Bhutan’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

THIMPHU, BHUTAN: MARCH 27, 2021 | Updated April 18, 2021
Bhutanese citizens registering for the Covid-19 vaccine

1. Registering For the Vaccine

Bhutanese citizens from all walks of life signed up to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.  The government organized dedications and prayers to the Medicine Buddha across the country in an instinctive use of religious tradition to boost the nationwide effort and counter vaccine-hesitancy. In the capital, Thimphu, the site of inaugural jabs, Buddhist altars, and votive offerings set the stage.

Swipe left to go forward, right  to go back

Blending religious tradition with faith in science, Bhutan rolled out a rapid, international-headline-grabbing vaccination campaign, open to all citizens at once.  These exclusive opening images reveal the religious underpinnings of the kingdom’s ambitious undertaking. To read the full story, please see: How Bhutan’s rapid vaccine rollout combined religious tradition and scientific pragmatism.

Like this? Get similar features & updates delivered to your inbox with the Bhutan Himalaya Newsletter.