With 504,500 doses of Covid-19 vaccine having been dispatched to the federating units, Pakistan is expected to receive another 5.6 million vaccines by the end of March.
As so far only 72,882 frontline healthcare workers have got themselves vaccinated in the country, the government has decided to start registering general health professionals, too, from Monday (Feb 22) for the vaccination programme. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday announced that general healthcare workers could register themselves on www.covid.gov.pk/vaccine.
Also, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan announced the second phase of Covid vaccination. In a tweet, the PM’s aide said: “Pak Covid-19 vaccination, next phase — now that we have expected arrival of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in early March, all those 60 years of age and older are now requested to begin registration.
Send CNIC as SMS to 1166. You will receive a reply with instructions on next steps.” The NCOC in a statement also announced the start of registration of citizens of over 60 years for the vaccine programme, with an appeal to senior citizens to text their national identity card numbers on 1166.
According to the NCOC data, Pakistan will receive 5.6m doses by the end of March, with 2.8m doses of Gavi/Covax expected in the first week of next month and another 2.8m doses by the second week. In all, 17.1m doses will reach Pakistan by the end of June.
Covax is an international alliance that has pledged to provide free vaccine to Pakistan’s 20 per cent population.
So far, the NCOC data showed, 204,000 doses have been dispatched to Sindh, 188,000 to Punjab, 44,000 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 21,000 to Balochistan, 23,500 to Islamabad, 16,000 to Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 8,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been sent to Gilgit-Baltistan.