Free of cost vaccinations against COVID-19 will begin in September 2021 in Pakistan, the Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, announced on Wednesday.
She tweeted, “The PTI government will provide the coronavirus vaccine free of charge to people. Government will start the vaccination from the second quarter of 2021”.
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, stated that in the first phase, the vaccine will be administered to frontline healthcare workers followed by the elderly population. In the third stage, the common public will be given the vaccine.
He added that the cabinet has approved Rs. 150 million for the procurement of the vaccine and that the government will be requested for more funds, if necessary.
There are a few companies that have been shortlisted for vaccine procurement as well.
The coronavirus vaccine approved by China’s CanSino Biologics is undergoing clinical trials in Pakistan, and the response to the trial is quite positive.