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Covid-19: Pakistan to vaccinate 15-18 years adolescents from tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top monitoring body on novel Covid-19 announced to vaccinate adolescents above 15 years with Pfizer vaccine as the country achieved the milestone of vaccinating more than twenty million citizens.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) will start vaccinating the younger age group from Monday (tomorrow).

Earlier in August, the age for vaccination was lowered from 18 to 17 in order to give jabs to students but it has been further decreased so that more students should be vaccinated.

Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) spokesperson while speaking with a leading publication told that it had been decided to start inoculating teenagers in the age group from September 13. “They will be given Pfizer vaccine and the facility will be free of cost. Children in this age group are therefore advised to visit vaccination centres along with their Form B”, he said.

He also added that the adolescents will get the vaccination certificates from the NADRA website just like people with computerised national identity cards (CNICs). He also confirmed the availability of the Pfizer vaccine at all major vaccination centres. “We have also been making arrangements to send teams to educational institutions to vaccinate children in groups”, he added.

On August 24, Prime Minister’s aide on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, during a presser in the country’s federal capital announced that from Sept 1, people over the age of 17 years would be able to get the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and would have to be fully vaccinated by Oct 15 in order to enter educational institutions.

He went to say that all those over the age of 15 will become protected with covid jabs and their chances of getting critically ill will be minimised. “We suggest people get vaccinated so that various sectors that are facing closures can open and the economy starts flourishing as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he opined.

NCOC chief and federal minister Asad Umar earlier revealed that Pakistan aimed to vaccinate about 70 million people by the end of this year while so far, more than 21.6 million people have been fully vaccinated and over 50.8 million have received at least one dose.

In addition, PM’s aide on Health Dr Faisal also revealed that the government has started considering initiation of booster shots after six months of the second shot for the frontline healthcare workers of 50 years of age and immunocompromised persons.

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