Pakistan on Sunday opened registration of 30-year-old and above citizens for vaccination that resumed countrywide on Saturday after two Eid holidays. Image Credit: AP

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday opened registration for citizens that are 30-years-old and above for vaccination against COVID-19.

All the vaccination centres in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan and Punjab are back to work administering jabs to the registered citizens, health workers and the elderly persons of 40 years and above while in Sindh the vaccination centres remained open even during two Eid holidays.

These centres are working according to the pre-Ramadan schedule from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week observing holiday on Friday.

Vaccine supply

The coronavirus vaccine supply has improved in the country and according to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) Pakistan is close to achieving the landmark number of 1 million people ‘completely’ vaccinated in the next couple of days.

By ‘complete’ vaccination we mean administering of two doses, said Director General (DG) Health of Islamabad Dr Muhammad Safdar.

Dr Safdar earlier in a tweet asked those in 30-39 years age group to get registered by sending their Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number to 1166 so that they could be vaccinated on their turn.

While in the rest of the country, registration of the 30-year old persons opened, the Sindh government has started vaccination of 18-year old persons and above.

Pakistan’s largest vaccination centre ‘Expo Centre’ is administering coronavirus vaccine to around 25,000 to 30,000 persons daily.

In the past twenty-four hours, some 11,709 persons were added to the number of completely vaccinated persons in Pakistan.

Those who received the first dose are about 1.966 million and overall, Pakistan has administered more than 3.836 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The World Bank (WB) in a bid to help the country fight the pandemic has approved the provision of $153 million (Dh 561.984 million) to support the ongoing national vaccine drive in Pakistan.

New infections

The WB’s Board of Executive Directors has approved the restructuring of the Pandemic Response Effectiveness in Pakistan (PREP) project, which was originally approved in April 2020.

Pakistan on Sunday reported 2,379 new infections of COVID-19 and 76 deaths in the last twenty-four hours.

The national tally of coronavirus cases after new cases has surged to 877,130 while the death toll stands at 19,543.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), 30,402 tests for COVID-19 were conducted during the last twenty-four hours that showed the positivity rate at 7.82 per cent.