Pakistanis vaccinated abroad can now register details with NIMS
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced on Thursday that Pakistani citizens, who were administered the Covid-19 vaccine abroad, can now get their immunisation record registered through NIMS.
On August 24, the federal government announced a further expansion in the ongoing nationwide vaccination campaign to youngsters as the authorities regained their momentum of inoculating over a million Covid-19 shots per day after a slight dip in recent weeks.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Dr Faisal Sultan announced the expansion of the vaccination campaign to citizens of 17 years of age from September 1. Previously, the government had been vaccinating people of 18 years and above.
“The government will soon start vaccination for the age group of 15-16 years,” Dr Sultan said, adding that the date in this regard would be announced soon. He said that the immunocompromised citizens of the age of 12 years and above would get special recommended Covid-19 vaccine at the mega vaccination centres.
Dr Sultan, the de facto health minister of the country, told a press conference in Islamabad that those Pakistanis who wanted to travel abroad and needed a specific vaccine as per respective country’s requirement, now would be able to get such vaccine.
“This vaccine will be allowed on the basis of their traveling requirement. For this purpose they have to show their visa of the respective country,” he said. “This vaccine will be allowed on nominal charges. This category will be allowed for vaccination from September 1.”
Booster shot
Dr Faisal said that the government has started considering initiation of booster shot after six months of the second shot for the frontline healthcare workers of 50 years of age and immunocompromised persons.
“After consultation, this booster is likely to start from October 1,” he said.
Dr Sultan said that the government had taken serious notice of reports of fake vaccination certificates and a crackdown had been initiated against those involved in this crime. “Strict action has been launched through the FIA [Federal Investigation Agency] and the police,” he added.