COVID-19: Pakistan begins vaccination for 40-49 age group

COVID-19: Pakistan begins vaccination for 40-49 age group

Islamabad: The COVID-19 vaccination for people ageing between 40 to 49 years across the country has started from today (Monday.).

The vaccine registration for the age group has been going on since April 27, whereas the walk-in vaccinations for people aged 50 and above are underway.

Pakistan is currently vaccinating people who are 50 plus and healthcare workers with Chinese vaccines.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Vaccination centres are vaccinating people in two shifts during Ramadan.

A digital portal has been launched by the federal government for the registration through which a code is assigned to the person and then they can go to a designated vaccination centre and get a jab.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that so far the government has signed deals for procuring 30 million coronavirus vaccine doses, adding that 19 million doses will be received by June.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, He said that the government was not relying on donations and 90 per cent of the doses were being purchased.

Dr Faisal said that 150,000 vaccines are being administered on a daily basis whereas a target has been set to increase this capacity to 300,000.

The SAPM added that local filling of the single-dose CanSino vaccine was about to begin in the country, under which three million doses will be prepared at the National Institute of Health each month. 

"This will reduce our dependence on imported doses," Dr Faisal said.

On the other hand, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 834,146 on Monday after 4,213 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 18,149 with 76 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 728,044 after another 5,842 virus recoveries were reported.