Dr Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, said that around 800,000 people over the age of 60 across the country had registered for the coronavirus vaccination, out of which about 250,000 have already received the first dose of the vaccine.
In addition to making further arrangements to expedite the registration process, campaigns will also be launched.
Talking to a private TV channel on Tuesday, he said that there are 13 million people over the age of 60 across the country out of which about 800,000 people have so far registered for corona vaccination, the highest in Punjab. More than 490,000 people have registered in Sindh, 138,000 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 94,000 in Balochistan, 4,500 in Balochistan, 42,000 in Islamabad, 20,000 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 11,000 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Dr Faisal Sultan said that the government has decided to vaccinate people above 70 years of age without registration. Those who want to be vaccinated over 70 years of age can go to any vaccination centre and get a national identity card.
He said that the federal government was using all its resources to provide vaccines to all the provinces but if any province wanted to procure vaccines, it did not need any kind of NOC.
Responding to a question, Dr Faisal Sultan said that decisions are taken in the NCOC after reviewing the situation of Coronavirus across the country, the restrictions and SOPs issued by the government to control the deadly epidemic if If the people ensure their implementation, the spread of the pandemic can be stopped and we will not need to impose more restrictions.
“But if people do not take precautionary measures and the number of cases continues to grow at the same rate, the government will take tougher decisions, he added.