ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to register health workers for the coronavirus vaccine.
The health department, in this regard, says the vaccine will be administered to frontline healthcare workers in the initial phase. The board also advised visiting ‘www.ncoc.gov.pk’ to learn how to register. Coronavirus vaccine will be given only to registered health workers.
Health workers from Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be registered at the respective provincial health centers. The workers in Islamabad, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit will be registered directly in the resource management system.
Pakistan has initially decided to buy 1.2 million doses of the vaccine from the Chinese company Cyanoform. The Cabinet Committee has decided to procure the vaccine from a Chinese company which will be provided free of charge to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021.
The Minister of Science and Technology said that the private sector or any other internationally approved vaccine can be imported if it wants. The Chinese vaccine is 79 percent effective.
It may be recalled that 10,717 people have lost their lives in Pakistan due to the global epidemic coronavirus and it has reached 56,701. According to the National Command and Operations Center, the rate of corona positive cases across the country has risen to 5.92 percent. The coronary positive case rate in Karachi is higher at 13.84 percent.
Hyderabad has 8.79 percent, Swat 7.89, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 2.14, Balochistan 4.95, Islamabad 3.98, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5.87, Punjab 4.44, and Sindh 8.40 percent positive cases.