The government has started administering coronavirus vaccine jabs to people falling in the age 30-40-year bracket from today (Saturday).
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), announced this on Twitter.
The NCOC — the country’s nerve centre for coronavirus response — had, on Sunday, started the registration process and had asked all those above 30 years of age to get vaccinated to prevent the deadly disease from affecting them.
In a message via its official Twitter handle, the NCOC had asked the above 30 people to register themselves by sending their CNIC numbers to 1166. People, who registered themselves, have now been sent their time-slots for visiting the vaccination centre.
The NCOC said that vaccines are to protect individuals and communities. The picture circulated by the Covid-19 monitoring authority on social media said: “Vaccination will not only protect you but those as well who cannot be vaccinated”.
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Pakistan has so far gone with a strategy of vaccinating older and the most vulnerable people first. After the older citizens were ensured to be protected, it has now moved on to the less vulnerable section of the population.
“As vaccine supply improves and our vaccination capacity enhances in all federating units, we will continue to expand the categories of those who are eligible for vaccination,” said Asad Umar.
As per the Ministry of National Health Services, nearly 22 million people fall in the age bracket of 30 to 40 years. People above 50 years are 27m in number and around 12m fall in the age bracket of 40 to 50 years.
Details further say that there are around 40m people who come in the age bracket of 18 to 30. The NCOC is trying to allow this section of the population to get jabbed at the earliest.
Pakistan, so far, has vaccinated more than 4.9 million people. In the last 24 hours, a total of 211,475 jabs have been administered.