Pakistan decides to administer Covid-19 booster shots amid Omicron variant threat

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ISLAMABAD – The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has approved administration of booster dose administration for three categories that include Health Care Workers, above 50 years and immunocompromised amid fears of spread of new coronavirus variant, Omicron.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar. The special vaccination drive begins today (December 1).

The booster dose will be free of cost and it can be administered six months after last dose of vaccine, NCOC said.

The forum also decided to take strict measures regarding obligatory vaccination regime. A plan to deploy vaccination teams at different public places was also discussed in the meeting.

Special Campaign to ensure that every citizen has received the obligatory vaccination will begin from today. NCOC directed the provinces and authorities concerned to not compromise on obligatory vaccination regime.

Call centers have been established to contact people who have not received their second dose. A total of 40 call centres have been established across the country, while these numbers will also be increased to ensure administration of second dose.

Later, in their presentations, Provincial Health Ministers and Chief Secretaries apprised the meeting about the initiatives taken to pace up the vaccination campaign, improving testing numbers and establishment of call centres.

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