After constant surfacing of Covid cases in the KP province, the health department has now started administering locally-produced Covid-19 vaccine PakVac to people.
“On the first day, 270 people got inoculated with Pakvac, which is a single dose medicine. Initially, we have received 5,000 doses of the vaccine produced at National Institute of Health Islamabad with the help of China,” officials told this scribe. They said that NCOC supplied PakVac to all the provinces on the basis of their population.
Pakistan has manufactured 118,000 doses of PakVac as first batch, which have been supplied to all provinces on the basis of their population.
Officials said that it would speed up vaccination process in the province because its one dose provided protection to the recipients against the pandemic. So far, the province has been using Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca and CanSino while a limited quantity of Pfizer has also been procured which is being given to the people with chronic ailments on the recommendation of medical specialists.
“So far, we have vaccinated 1.5 million people in the province. Yesterday, 67,000 people were vaccinated in different centres of the province. Vaccine hesitancy is decreasing,” they said. In Peshawar, the high-burdened Covid-19 district, 380,000 persons have been given the jabs.