In a couple of days, senior citizens aged 80 years or above will be vaccinated against the coronavirus at their homes, said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar on Monday.
Speaking to Geo News, Asad Umar disclosed that the NCOC took the resolution in a consultation today.
“We have insisted other provinces to vaccinate senior citizens at their houses as well,” he told, adding that provinces can take up the matter as per their own ease.
Umar said the move to vaccinate senior citizens at home will start in the next two days.
The government has decided to take the step since it is quite problematic for old people to stand in long queues to get vaccinated, specifically since summers have also started.
Last month, the government started process for the coronavirus vaccination for peopled aged 50 years and above.
Pakistan was before vaccinating the country’s healthcare workers and people over the age of 60 only.
Previously, Umar had said that people aged 50 and above can sign up to get vaccinated for coronavirus starting in April.
“Registration of those who are 50 plus for COVID vaccination will be released on March 30th,” the minister had proclaimed in a tweet.
Umar had fortified everyone over the age of 50 to register when the process starts, also retelling those who are 60 and older that registration for them had already started.
Pakistan is utilizing the Sinopharm vaccine developed by state-run China National Pharmaceutical Group, which has shown to be 79% operative.
In March, the country imported the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and distributed it to the private sector, which in turn started retailing them to local hospitals where the coronavirus vaccine is administered to people for a fee.