The Sindh government has set up 14 COVID-19 vaccine centers across the province, nine of which are in Karachi. As per details, two centers apiece have been established in Districts South, East, and Central, while Korangi, Malir, and West have one center each.
Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, and Mirpurkhas are the other districts of Sindh where vaccination centers have been set up.
The development has come days before Pakistan receives the first consignment of vaccines by the end of this month.
The Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, had announced last week that China has promised to provide 500,000 vaccine doses to Pakistan by January 31. The vaccine will be administered free of charge to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021.
Earlier this month, the provincial government had hoped that the COVID-19 vaccine would arrive in the country by mid-January but later hinted at a delay. The same day, the provincial cabinet relaxed procurement rules for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sindh Health Minister, Dr. Azra Pechuho, had set up a vaccine coordination cell, officials of which have been directed to ensure smooth supply once inoculation starts at the Karachi Expo Centre.
Registration for COVID Vaccination
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has started registration for frontline healthcare workers who will receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Staff at both public and private health facilities will be vaccinated in the first phase.
Frontline health workers can register themselves by dialing the federal helpline 1166. Further, the workers’ associated medical facilities also need to register them and provide the data to the government.