Pakistan vaccine
A doctor receives a dose of the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Lahore on February 3, 2021. Image Credit: AFP

Islamabad: The provincial government of Sindh has decided to take action against health professionals and health workers across the province who refuse to get vaccinated.

According to the instructions of the health department of Sindh, administration of vaccines is a mandatory requirement for all health workers and no one can refuse it. In case a health worker — doctor, nurse, technician or paramedics — refuses to receive the jab, he will be deprived of cash benefits and allowances.

Like the rest of the country, vaccine administration has been extended from frontline health workers to all health workers aged 60 and above.

The National Command & Operation Control (NCOC) has revised the plan of administering vaccine to the health workers.

Earlier, it was planned that 175,000 health professionals associated with the health and medical fraternity would be vaccinated across the country, but now the number has been revised and 300,000 health workers will receive jabs, according to the NCOC.

About 5.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine are expected by the end of March and 17.1 million by the end of June.

The decision has been taken in view of the constant and uninterrupted supply of vaccines from China, Russia and the UK in the coming days.

In Sindh more than 30,000 healthcare providers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 across the province since the arrival of the doses earlier this month.

PM’s aide on health receives first dose

Special Assistant to PM (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan received the first dose of the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm.

In a post on twitter, Dr Faisal Sultan said he registered himself as a healthcare worker and received the first dose of vaccine (Sinopharm). “If you are a health professional (below 60 years of age), please get vaccinated now. Protect yourself and others,” he said.

41 deaths, 1,050 new infections

Pakistan on Tuesday reported another 41 deaths and 1,050 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours. According to the official portal of the National Health Ministry, after the latest figures the country’s number of infections has surged to 573,384 and deaths 12,658.

There are 1,616 cases in the country while 752 patients have recovered during the period.