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Next phase of COVID-19 vaccination starts today

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination will start on 10th March 2021.

“The drive will begin with the senior-most citizens, who will receive SMS with instructions on their cell phones,” the SAPM said.

On Sunday, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar had announced that the vaccination of people aged 60 years and above will start from Wednesday.

“Vaccinations will be done in reverse order by age. This means the oldest person who has registered will be vaccinated first. Full details will be issued tomorrow,” Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on COVID-19, tweeted.

Earlier, on March 5, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had approved the Sinopham coronavirus vaccine for people above 60 years of age. The Sinopharm vaccine was being administered to people up to the age of 60 years, however, it would now be used to inoculate citizens above 60 years of age too.

-DN Report

March 10, 2021

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