Pakistan lowers coronavirus vaccination eligibility age to fifteen

A girl holds a small bottle — labeled “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” — and a medical syringe, October 30, 2020. Picture: Reuters
  • Youngsters aged 15 and above in Pakistan will now be inoculated in opposition to coronavirus, says NCOC.
  • NCOC says Pfizer vaccine for use for kids aged between 15 and 18 years.
  • NCOC permits administration of second dose all through the week.

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan authorities has determined to additional decrease the age of these eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine to fifteen years.

The Nationwide Command and Operations Middle (NCOC) mentioned Saturday that individuals between the ages of 15 and 18 at the moment are eligible for the vaccine.

Youngsters between the ages of 15 and 18 shall be vaccinated without cost with the Pfizer vaccine, the NCOC mentioned.

A registration certificates shall be required for kids as much as the age of 18 to be vaccinated. Based on the NCOC, the Pfizer vaccine shall be accessible in any respect central vaccination centres.

The federal authorities had earlier disclosed its plan to start COVID vaccination for folks aged under 18 within the nation.

The NCOC additionally mentioned cell vaccination groups will go to faculties and faculties.

Second dose allowed all through the week

In the meantime, the NCOC has mentioned that each one these folks, whose second dose in opposition to COVID-19 has grow to be due, can go to any vaccination centre all through the week to get the jab.

They aren’t required to attend for the message.

Sunday had earlier been significantly mounted for the administration of the second dose.

‘Greater than 20m Pakistanis totally vaccinated’ 

A day earlier, NCOC head Asad Umar had introduced on Twitter that greater than 20 million folks in Pakistan at the moment are totally vaccinated in opposition to coronavirus.

The NCOC head, who can also be the federal planning and growth minister, gave an replace on the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination standing, expressing confidence that Pakistan will “meet and surpass” its vaccination goal.

The minister mentioned the nation had set a “daunting goal” within the early days of the vaccination marketing campaign of vaccinating 70 million folks by the tip of this yr.

“Within the early days of the vaccination marketing campaign we had set a frightening goal of vaccinating 7 crore folks by the tip of this yr,” he wrote.

He mentioned he was comfortable to report that Pakistan has administered at the least one dose of anti-coronavirus jabs to 50 million folks.

What’s the present standing of vaccinations in Pakistan?

Pakistan has administered at the least 66,456,245 doses of COVID vaccines to this point. Assuming each individual wants 2 doses, that’s sufficient to have vaccinated about 15.3% of the nation’s inhabitants.

Over the past week reported, Pakistan averaged about 1,136,823 doses administered every day. At that price, it can take an additional 39 days to manage sufficient doses for an additional 10% of the inhabitants.

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