Head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar announced on Monday that the government will start vaccinating citizens over the age of 65 for coronavirus in March for which the registration process has started from today.
“Pleased to announce that registration for getting COVID vaccine is now open for all citizens 65 and above,” said the minister who is in charge of spearheading the country’s fight against coronavirus.
The minister said that those interested in getting themselves vaccinated can write down their CNIC number and send a message on 1166.
1. All Pakistanis above 65 can now register for COVID-19 vaccine starting today, including in Pakhtunkhwa. Send an SMS with your CNIC to 1166 or visit https://t.co/jxMzAEE9o4 to get registered. The vaccination centre and date will be communicated after the arrival of the vaccine.— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) February 15, 2021
“Inshallah vaccinations for this age group will start in March,” said Umar.
COVAX tranche to be used for vaccinating over 65: Yasmin Rashid
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, told DAWN TV on Sunday, that the country will use the tranche of vaccine doses it gets via the global COVAX platform to vaccinate citizens over the age of 65.
She said that vaccine will arrive in beginning of March.
“Those [doses] will be used for the common people above the age of 65 years,” she said.
The minister also shared that once Pakistan vaccinates people over the age of 65 it will expand the campaign to citizens over the age of 60.
Taimur Jhagra lauds NCOC, Faisal Sultan, Asad Umar
Separately, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Jhagra lauded the NCOC, SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan and NCOC head Asad Umar for their “tremendous job”.
“The NCOC, @Asad_Umar & @fslsltn have done a tremendous job of ensuring a smooth vaccine roll out across Pakistan,” tweeted Jhagra.