From 4 weeks to 6 weeks: NCOC enhances intervening period between Chinese vaccines

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Covid-19 positivity rate continues to be below 1 pc


Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital on Tuesday reported 0.6 percent Covid-19 positivity rate for the second day in a row as 24 persons were found infected with Covid-19 after 4,106 tests conducted during the last twenty-four hours.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) this is the second day in a row when the federal capital’s Covid-19 positivity was recorded 0.66 percent owing to a lower number of new cases.

Again, there was no death recorded in the last twenty-four hours and the capital’s toll stood at 775 since June 18.

Dr Zaeem Zia, District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad was of the view that the major credit to the low percentage of Covid-19 went to the people of Islamabad as they not only followed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Covid-19 in letter and spirit but also took lead over people of other cities of the country in getting vaccinated.

At the newly-inaugurated drive through at the F-9 Park people can have easy, safe vaccination without even coming out of their vehicles, he said.

A day earlier on Monday, after 3,627 tests for coronavirus conducted during the last twenty-four hours 24 confirmed cases were reported showing the lowest positivity rate of 0.66 percent.

For the last three days since June 18, no death was reported in the city, the District health department further reports.

With the latest additions in Covid-19 cases, the total number of confirmed cases is now 82,368 while the death toll has reached 775.

To a question, Dr Zaeem said after the NCOC decision the intervening period between the two vaccines had been enhanced from four weeks to six weeks.

“As per the NCOC decision, SinoVac and Sinopharm’s second dose will now be administered after six weeks period,” said Dr Zaeem adding the recipients of the first dose should note this.

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