Pakistan kicks off second phase of Covid-19 vaccination for senior citizens

10:35 AM | 10 Mar, 2021
Pakistan kicks off second phase of Covid-19 vaccination for senior citizens

ISLAMABAD – Starting today, senior citizens, those above the age of 60, will be allowed to get immunized with the Covid-19 vaccine across Pakistan.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, said that most senior citizens who have registered for vaccination will receive a message with instructions on their mobile phones and the oldest persons will be vaccinated first.

Pakistan had started the registration of people over the age of 60 for the immunization programme from February 15. The citizens asked to send a message at 1166 or enter their details at the national immunization management system (NIMS) website.

Once registered, the eligible citizens will be informed about the vaccine centre and the date of vaccination through a text message, the officials had said.

On the other hand, only 180,000, 2.25 per cent, of around eight million senior citizens in the country have registered themselves for inoculation so far.

NCOC Chief Asad Umar on Sunday announced that the vaccination of people aged 60 years and above will start from Wednesday. Vaccinations will be done in reverse order by age, he wrote in a tweet.

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Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan shared a tweet on Monday stated that Pakistan Covid-19 vaccination, next phase — starting 10 March, inshallah. Beginning with the senior most citizens, who will receive SMS with instructions on their cell phones.

Another complication occurred as the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine was delayed afterwards the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan allowed to vaccinate the elderly with Sinopharm’s vaccine as it is, for now, the only option available.

The country's death toll has surged to 13,324 while the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases stands at 595,239.

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