People traveling abroad will not be administered Pfizer vaccine, Govt changes policy

Lahore, 10th June: Pakistan government has changed its policy regarding the use of the American vaccine Pfizer against the coronavirus.

According to reports, the federal government on Thursday altered its policy about who will be administered the Pfizer vaccine in the country.

As per the government’s latest orders, people having work visas and students traveling abroad will not be given the Pfizer vaccine.

The notification said only Hajis (Pilgrims) and people suffering from chronic diseases will be able to get vaccinated with Pfizer against the virus.

The government stated that people traveling abroad will only be administered the Pfizer vaccine once its second batch reaches Pakistan.

According to information from government sources, the vaccination of people with Pfizer will kick off this week.

However, it will only be available at specific vaccination centers in fifteen cities only where trained staff will be deployed for the purpose.

It is to be noted that a few days back, Pakistan received 106,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine through the COVAX facility.

The federal government on Wednesday started the distribution of 51,000 vaccine doses of Pfizer to federal and provincial authorities.

Punjab received that maximum number of 26,000 Pfizer doses, followed by 12,000 doses to Sindh and 8,000 doses to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Balochistan was granted 2,000 doses while Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir received 1,000 Pfizer vaccine doses each.

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