27,000 healthcare workers vaccinated in Pakistan, report no side effects from vaccine

The number of new coronavirus cases in the last few days has been on the decline

The vaccination drive against coronavirus for the frontline opposite healthcare workers is underway with 27,000 vaccinations already administered in the first week. According to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), about 77% of the dosses were administered to workers in Sindh. The vaccination drive was kicked off by Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier in February.

No side effect so far

Healthcare workers that have been vaccinated have urged other frontline workers to follow suit as there have so far been no side effects. There have been some rumors leading people to give getting vaccinated a second thought. For the moment, SinoPharm vaccines are being used to inoculate the healthcare staff in Pakistan. It is expected that vaccines from China’s CanSino and Russia will also soon arrive in Pakistan. It is expected that over 20 million doses will be administered in Pakistan in 2021.

Drop in daily cases

The number of cases in Pakistan has been dropping in recent weeks. Yesterday, 1,270 new cases were repeated across the country. The daily numbers touched up to 3,000 a month back. There were no reported critical cases in the last 24 hours and there were 33 deaths. To date, more than 12,000 people have passed away from COVID-19 with more than 560,000 total reported cases. More than 1,700 have been reported to be in critical condition.    

Following the SOPs and maintaining social distancing can help in avoiding the spread of the virus in the country. The vaccine should be available to the masses in the months to come. However, until then, following SOPs and avoiding crowds is a good idea.

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