Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Tuesday dispelled reports about shortage of coronavirus vaccinations in the province as rumours and unfounded, saying there is no dearth of vaccine and nothing to be worried about.
“All reports about Corona vaccine shortage are merely rumours and don’t heed any such news. Vaccination operation is going on smooth and there is nothing to worry about.”
The provincial minister said that despite number of people getting vaccinated has sky-rocketed and there are still over 25,000 doses available, adding that about 11,000 people are vaccinated in a day at Expo Centre vaccination centre.
Yasmin Rashid said that some people are stressing for AstraZeneca vaccine because they have to travel abroad.
She announced that government will start giving AstraZeneca jabs to such people from tomorrow.
There were reports that vaccination centres across Punjab including Lahore are faced with shortage of Covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday.
The reports quoting the authorities at Lahore’s Expo Centre, claimed that the stock of only 300 doses is left with them.
They claimed due to shortage of the vaccine, the security guards deputed outside the vaccination centres are sending the masses back.
However, the spokesman of the Punjab Primary and Secondary health department said that there is no shortage of the vaccine and the situation will improve soon.
Yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was assured by his Russian counterpart that Moscow would supply over five million doses of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan.
The matter was discussed in a telephonic conversation between Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.