Federal Govt. to Initiate COVID-19 Vaccination Drive in 3 Phases

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Earlier today, the federal government announced that it has finalized to initiate the coronavirus vaccination drive in 3 phases. The vaccination drive will begin in March 2021.

Sources from the health ministry told the media that the COVID-19 vaccination drive will be run in three phases all over Pakistan from March 2021.

According to the details, in the first phase, ten million people will be provided with coronavirus vaccines including 0.5 million frontline essential health workers and 9.5 million population over 65 years of age.

Moreover, in the second phase, all health workers and the population over 65 years of age will be administered the vaccines.

A definite amount of the remaining population will be given coronavirus vaccines in the third phase of the upcoming drive. The continuation of the drive will be made on the quantity of the available COVID-19 vaccines in the third phase.

Previously on Monday, a special cabinet committee, headed by Federal Minister Asad Umar, had been created for procurement of the coronavirus vaccine.

The sources added that the 5-member committee of the federal cabinet included; Fawad Chaudhry, Hammad Azhar, Sania Nishtar, and Dr. Faisal Sultan as the other 4 members. The special cabinet committee will work as an oversight body for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The committee’s decision will be final and it won’t require authorization from the federal cabinet. The aim of forming a special committee is to guarantee transparency in the procurement of the vaccine.

The health ministry had finalized a broad plan for administering the expected coronavirus vaccine across the country.

NCOC had given approval for the Vaccine Administration Plan which is an inclusive strategy prepared by the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) of the health ministry.

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