Citizens in Karachi who do not have a computerised national identity card (CNIC) will now receive Covid-19 vaccines after a biometric registration at the Mass Vaccination Centres in the city.
The Sindh Health Department announced this on Monday.
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, earlier on July 30, said vaccines would be administered to citizens without CNICs. He added that modalities were being reviewed for the purpose.
“Islamabad disbursed the vaccines, and we have to account for each dose. Any misappropriation will strictly be dealt with. We had asked the federal government to allow vaccination of people without CNICs and took permission for some cases a while ago.”
As per Sindh Health Department’s media coordinator, citizens can get their biometrics done at the vaccination centre and get themselves registered via their cell phone numbers.
The motive of this move is that every vaccine dose could be documented. The names and details of every person will be notes for this purpose. The biometric facility is available at Expo Centre in Karachi and is being broadened to other 24/7 Mass Vaccination Centres. A valid mobile number will be used where biometric is not available.
The health department official said that over 2,000 citizens without CNICs have so far been vaccinated in Karachi.
Besides the Karachi Expo Centre, vaccination centres in the city include Dow Ojha Campus, Jinnah Hospital, Lyari General Hospital, Khaliq Dina Hall, Children’s Hospital, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital, SG Hospital Murad Memon Goth, SG Hospital New Karachi, SG Hospital Liaquatabad, SG Hospital Korangi and SG Hospital Saudabad.
The move is intended to help a large number of citizens who do not have CNICs and have so far been excluded from the inoculation drive.
The Sindh government had decided on Friday to impose a lockdown in the province from July 31 till August 8 amid rising Covid-19 cases.