Punjab Health Minister Dt Yasmin Rashid said that the Covid-19 vaccination supply would improve in the province from Monday as more and more doses will start reaching Islamabad.
“The situation is not that worst as Sinopharm and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine doses are available in Punjab and it will improve further with arrival of more stock.”
Speaking in a programme of a private TV Channel on Sunday, the provincial health minister said there is a global shortage of Covid-19 vaccines.
“No need to worry as the situation in Punjab would improve in coming days,” she expressed her hope and added that Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines being administered to the general public in Punjab.
Yasmin Rashid pointed out that Punjab had received few quantity of Pfizer doses from the Centre. She further said that the vaccination shortage in Pakistan occurred due to a delay in the arrival of vaccines from China. She said that Punjab has so far inoculated 7 million people against the novel coronavirus.
Amid a Covid-19 vaccine shortage being reported at vaccination centres across the country, enraged citizens forcibly entered the Lahore Expo Centre on Saturday.
Chaos was witnessed at the Lahore Expo vaccination centre when people who gathered there to get inoculated against the virus got angry over being kept waiting for long and broke inside, smashing its glass doors.
“We have been standing since the morning but are not being administered vaccine,” a citizen lamented.
However, the administration said the citizens were not ready to leave despite being told that the inoculation centre was out of stocks.
A similar situation is being faced by vaccination centres in Karachi, Islamabad and other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department said that the vaccination centres in the province remained closed on Sunday on weekly off day.
In a statement, the health department said that the province will receive sufficient stocks of corona vaccine by Sunday evening and all vaccination centres in Punjab will be opened from Monday.
The vaccination centres will remain open from 8:00am to 8:00pm, according to the statement.