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Minimum age for COVID-19 vaccination cut to 15 years

Citizens aged between 15 and 18 can get vaccinated. (Source: Reuters)

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to reduce the minimum age for nationwide inoculation campaign against the Covid-19 pandemic from 18 years to 15 years.

According to details, the decision was taken during a meeting of National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Saturday. The coronavirus monitoring body informed that people between the ages of 15 and 18 are now eligible for the vaccine.

Sources in the health ministry informed that the vaccination of the aforementioned age bracket would commence from September 13. The citizens aged 15 to 18 would be required to bring their “form B” to the vaccination centre.

The federal government had earlier disclosed its plan to begin COVID vaccination for people aged below 18 in the country. The NCOC also said mobile vaccination teams will visit schools and colleges.

Earlier today (Saturday), the NCOC announced that those awaiting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may visit a vaccination centre on any day of the week.

NCOC maintained that citizens do not have to wait for a message from the authority to proceed with a second dose, Radio Pakistan reported.

Last week, the authority announced that partially vaccinated individuals could get their scheduled second jabs without waiting for the SMS message.

The government has stepped up the nationwide vaccination campaign as the country battles the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, fuelled by the Indian-origin Delta variant of coronavirus.

As per the statistics released by the NCOC through its website, Pakistan reported 3,480 new cases of coronavirus during the past 24 hours, taking the tally for confirmed cases to 1,201,367.