Addressing a press conference in Islamabad today, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that more than 54,000 frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

He said the government considers frontline healthcare workers to be “ideal” who can attest to the efficacy of the vaccines.

Referring to procedural changes to vaccine registerations, he said that healthcare workers under the age of 60 have to send their CNIC numbers, without dashes, to 1666 or visit their nearest vaccination center.

He said that for the second round of vaccinations, the government had announced on February 15 that citizens aged about 65 should start registering themselves for vaccines.

He further stated that the vaccine currently being administered to healthcare workers was the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, while people older than 60 will be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Pakistan would receive 2.8 million doses of the vaccine towards the end of March, he added.


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