Pakistan abolishes COVID-19 booster shot fee for overseas travellers

Jan 22, 2022: The government of Pakistan on Saturday abolished the COVID-19 booster shot fee for those wishing to travel abroad, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS).

According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Health, people traveling abroad can get booster shot of free Covid-19 vaccine by showing their documents at vaccination centers. The government is already providing free COVID-19 booster doses to the general public.

The notification said that the notification dated August 27, 2021 pertaining to booster for travellers abroad has been withdrawn.

In its August 27 notification, the Ministry of Health set the price of a booster shot against Covid 19 at Rs 1,270 for those traveling abroad.

The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) held a meeting to review the corona virus situation across the country and decided to implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) in mosques and other places of worship. According to the details, only people with full vaccine will be allowed to offer prayers in the mosques while wearing face mask has also been made mandatory.

The administration has also been instructed to remove carpets from the floor and ensure a distance of six feet between individuals to prevent the spread of the virus. People are advised to perform ablutions in their homes and then visit mosques.

Arrangements should be made to offer prayers in open spaces while windows and doors of places of worship should also be kept open. In addition, the NCOC has directed to keep Friday’s sermon short.

At the end of last year, the government of Sindh had decided to make a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine compulsory after the discovery of the new COVID-19 variant.

The Sindh Health Department announced that a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine will be administered to fully vaccinated individuals.

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