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Vaccination of youth aged 15 and above begins tomorrow

Youth aged between 15 and 17 years will be given Pfizer vaccine free of cost.

NCOC will commence the vaccination of youngsters between the age group of 15 to 17 years from Monday, September 13, 2021.

While addressing a private media group, Sajid Shah, spokesperson of the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) told that the decision has been taken for conducting vaccination process of teenagers between 15 to 17 years.

The spokesperson further said, “They will be given Pfizer vaccine and the facility will be free of cost. Children in this age group are therefore advised to visit vaccination centers along with their Form B from the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA),”

“Pfizer vaccine will be ava­ilable at all major vaccination centers,” the spokesperson said, adding that, “we have also been making arrangements to send teams to educational institutions to vaccinate children.”

Responding to a question, Mr. Shah said that the procedure of getting vaccination certificates for the adolescents from Nadra’s website will be the same as others who have CNICs.

Mr. Shah assured that all possible efforts are being deployed to vaccinate the maximum number of people on a priority basis.

“As a result of this decision, all those over the age of 15 will become protected and their chances of getting critically ill will be minimized. We suggest people get vaccinated so that various sectors that are facing closures can open and the economy starts flourishing as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he said.

Vaccine centers to remain open on Sundays for the second dose

In addition to that NCOC announced that citizens whose second dose is due can get themselves vaccinated this Sunday as well like the previous week.

“Those who have become eligible for the second dose of the vaccine can visit a vaccination center any day of the week to get inoculated. However, Sunday has been especially dedicated to them to enable them to get fully inoculated,” it said.

Latest Covid-19 situation in Pakistan

According to the latest data published by NCOC, 3,480 more people got infected by Covid and 82 lost their lives to the virus on Saturday, raising the figure of active cases to 91,717.

The positivity rate for Covid-19 cases in Pakistan stood at 5.5 percent, with 5,373 patients claiming critical care.

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