COVID-19 vaccination to start in March, says Asad Umar

Federal Minister for Planning, Development – Asad Umar has announced that COVID-19 vaccination for general public will be initiated next month in March.

The NCOC chief took to social media to apprise that COVID-19 inoculation for people above the age of 65 will begin from March next month.

Inshallah will be opening up registration next week for COVID-19 vaccination for those 65 years and above. The vaccination of those who register in this category will start in march, he tweeted.

The development comes as earlier; Pakistan had initiated nationwide coronavirus vaccination on February 3rd last week. However, the inoculation process has been limited to healthcare workers.

It is to be noted that Pakistan received 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from China on Monday February 1st. The COVID-19 vaccine has been manufactured by a Chinese state owned company ‘Sinopharm’.

The province-wise distribution of COVID-19 vaccine is as follows;

Sindh –  84,000

Punjab –  70,000

Balochistan –  10,300

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa –  65,000

Meanwhile Pakistan’s Armed Forces have also donated their own COVID-19 vaccination quota which will now be utilized in the nation-wide vaccination drive.