Govt mulls to vaccinate people under 18

COVID-19 vaccination – Pakistan opens registration of citizens aged 65 or above
Staff Reporter

The government is planning to begin Covid vaccination for people aged below 18 as efforts to inoculate the public are being expedited in wake of the fourth virus wave in the country and a decision in this regard would be made by next week.

“In the first phase, vaccination will be approved for people in the age bracket of 15 and 18 while in the second phase, people aged between 12 and 15 will be inoculated.” NADRA has also been consulted on how the process could be facilitated.

National Command and Operations Centre chief Asad Umar on Saturday said Pakistan achieved a record daily Covid-19 vaccination milestone with more than 900,000 jabs dministered in a single day. Umar stated that this was the fifth straight day the country achieved a record number of vaccinations. He added that this massive inoculation campaign has been made possible due to 2,600 vaccination centres and 2,979 mobile units operating across Pakistan.

Pakistan’s tally for confirmed coronavirus cases reached 1,029,811 on Friday after 4,950 more cases of the deadly virus were recorded from across the country in a day. At least 65 fatalities were also reported, taking the death toll to 23,360.

Currently, the government has focused on improving vaccination in 24 districts of the country where the positivity ratio has witnessed a surge.

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