Lahore, 3rd June: The government of Pakistan has announced that the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to only selected set of people.
According to reports, with limited doses of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine that Pakistan received last week, the government has decided to prioritize people who can get inoculated by it.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said on Thursday that Hajj pilgrims, those who have a work visa and those students who plan to go abroad for higher studies will get Pfizer vaccine.
Asad Umar revealed that Pakistan received a limited supply of Pfizer vaccine this month under the COVAX facility, due to which the government has decided to immunize only those who plan to go abroad.
Baaghi TV reported last week that the first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine of 106,000 doses arrived through the COVAX facility.
However, authorities are considering procuring one or two million more doses of mRNA Pfizer vaccine directly from the manufacturer via the National Disaster Management Authority.
Officials at the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHS R&C) have informed that since they have received a limited supply of Pfizer’s vaccine so far, it would only be used to inoculate those with compromised immunity, transplant patients, pregnant ladies, children of 12 years and above in need of vaccination and those recommended by the committee of experts.
Officials also informed that the Pfizer vaccine can be used for inoculation of Hajis (pilgrims) who are less than 40 years of age as they can’t be injected with AstraZeneca’s vaccine at the moment.
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