Center begins distribution of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, to be administered to people with weak immune systems

Federal government has initiated distribution of the limited Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses country has received so far. The vaccine will be administered to people who are immunocompromised i.e. with weak immune systems.

In a statement, SAPM on Health – Dr Faisal Sultan has apprised that the federal government has begun distributing the limited Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses it had received in May last month.

The federal government had received 106,000 Pfizer vaccine doses, of which 51,000 doses will be distributed among the provinces.

Sindh will receive 12,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, Punjab – 26,000 doses, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – 8,000 and Balochistan will receive 2,000 Pfizer vaccine doses. Meanwhile, 1,000 Pfizer vaccine doses will be provided to Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan respectively.

Furthermore, Dr Faisal Sultan announced that people with weak immune systems will be prioritized for receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as they’re significantly more vulnerable to the novel virus and needed to be inoculated on urgent basis.

Pakistan had received more than 100,000 Pfizer vaccine doses under World Health Organization’s (WHO) ‘COVAX’ initiative last month.

The country is also set to procure 1 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine which as more than 90% efficacy rate, by August-September later this year.

Currently, Pakistan is utilizing a total of six COVID-19 vaccines namely Sinopharm, CansinoBio, Sputnik V, Oxford AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinovac to carryout nation-wide inoculation drive against the novel virus.