Pakistan’s Vaccination Strategy:
On Wednesday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) gave an outline of the vaccination strategy against Covid-19 in Pakistan. NCOC revealed that once the vaccine gets available, there will be an eight-step process for registration and vaccination for the citizens. Simultaneously, it is decided that all Educational Institutions will reopen as per schedule.
As per the Established International Health Guidelines:
NCOC stated that this strategy was planned after consulting all the provinces and relevant stakeholders, and it is according to the protocol of established International Health Guidelines.
NCOC said, “The purpose of the strategy is to vaccinate people in a healthy environment and accordance with health guidelines through a concrete plan.”
Establishing NIMS and AVC:
NCOC has created an online portal under the name National Immunization Management System (NIMS), to keep the system transparent and minimize human interaction.
Several Adult Vaccine Centers (AVC) have also been established all across the country which will work under National Vaccination and Administration Control Cell (NVACC). According to NCOC, at different Provincial and District levels, many coordination cells have also been established.
Following is a graphical representation of the eight-steps registration and vaccination process for the citizens as per the NCOC:
Availability of the Vaccine in Pakistan:
Three vaccines approved in Pakistan against Covid-19 are:
- Sputnik V (Russian Developed)
- AstraZeneca vaccine (Oxford)
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that till January 31st China has promised to provide 500,000 doses of Covid-19 Vaccines to Pakistan. But he has already informed the Chinese counterpart that Pakistan will be needing more than 1.1 million doses shortly.
Pakistan got a positive response to this demand and the Chinese Foreign Minister agreed of giving up to 1.1 million doses till the end of February.
Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) spokesperson Sajid Shah told Dawn news that we hope Pakistan will get the vaccine in the current quarter of 2021 and it will be a positive development.
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