Vaccination for 50-year old and above opens in capital

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

Islamabad reports 375 new cases,
4 death in 24 hours

Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital on Wednesday opened vaccination for the 50-year old and above persons while the deadline for the health workers has also been extended to April 30.

According to the health authorities the process for vaccination of the new age group is the same that was adopted by the 60-year old and above persons ie by registering themselves with NADRA by sending the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number at 1166.

“For registration, SMS your CNIC number (13 digits without spaces and dashes)to 1166 from any mobile number or visit said Dr Zaeem Zia, District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad.

After the SMS is sent, vaccine centre and date will be communicated through SMS as per schedule, he added.

To a question, he said a huge number of 50-year old persons have walked to the vaccination centres today (Wednesday).

When they reach centres they are requested to be patient and wait for their turn, he further said adding due to higher numbers of incoming persons they may have to wait for their turn but they are requested to be patient.

Everyone who is eligible will be vaccinated, he said adding around 15 vaccination centres have been set up across the city.

They include Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), CDA Hospital G-6, Quaid-e-Azam International Hospital, CDA Medical Centre, G-9/4, Kulsoom International, Maroof Hospital F-10, NIRM, Polyclinic, RHC Tarlai, RHC Bhara Kahu, RHC Sihala, Akbar Niazi Teaching Hospital, Federal Govt Hospital and IHITC.

About home vaccination, he said it was not a privilege and meant only for those who were very elderly, bedridden or disabled.

You are requested to make judicious calls, go to the centre and get the vaccine and leave home vaccination only for those who really deserve it.

Home vaccination is only for disabled and very elderly who can’t come to the centres.

“We observe that many people ask for the home vaccination for the sake of comfort but they should realize that it keeps our team under burden and deprives many who deserve to be vaccinated on time.

Meanwhile, Islamabad reported 375 cases and 4 deaths during the last twenty-four hours.

As many as 4,233 tests were conducted in the capital during the last 24 hours and as many as 375 tested positive.

The positivity rate was 12.5pc on Tuesday compared to 12.7pc reported on Monday, officials of the capital administration said.

The total number of virus deaths reported in the city – since the beginning of the pandemic – now stands at 649 whereas there are 13,023 active cases currently.

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