Tomorrow, Pakistan will begin administering Covid vaccines to children aged 5 to 11.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced on Sunday that the government would undertake a campaign to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 against the Covid-19 virus from September 19 to September 24.

In June, Federal Health Minister Qadir Patel declared that the government would begin vaccinating children between the ages of five and eleven against coronavirus “within a couple of months” while calling for a return to Covid preventive measures.

As observed by the ministry, the number of Covid cases in Pakistan has recently surged. “The situation is not yet alarming, but the public must be vigilant.”

The decision to vaccinate children in Sindh against coronavirus was made official last month during a meeting of the local steering group on Covid-19 vaccinations, led by province Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho.

Following the conference, a statement indicated that Covid morbidity and mortality in the age group of 5 to 11 years had been identified in eight districts with a high prevalence and will be monitored from March 2020 to August 2022.

To vaccinate 70% of children in these high-incidence districts, 3,4 million doses of Covid vaccine will be provided in phases, as stated. In Karachi, the first million dosages will be administered.

According to the announcement, these districts are Karachi Central, Karachi East, Korangi, Malir, Karachi South, Karachi West, Kemari, and Hyderabad.

“At vaccination administration sites, technical assistants will record the child’s name, age, gender, Form-B ID, as well as the CNIC and contact number of the accompanying parent or guardian.”