National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to vaccinate citizens aged 80 years or above against COVID-19 at their doorsteps.
In this regard, Federal Planning Minister and NCOC’s head, Asad Umar, said the Coronavirus vaccination of senior citizens at their homes in Punjab and Islamabad will commence this week.
While briefing the press after NCOC’s meeting on Monday, the Planning Minister noted that NCOC has taken this decision because it is tiring for citizens aged 80 or above to wait in long queues to receive the Coronavirus vaccine, especially in summers.
He added that NCOC has recommended other federating units, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, to begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens at their doorsteps as well.
Last month, NCOC had granted a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination facility to citizens aged 70 years or above after registering at 1166. The walk-in facility is available across the country and citizens in this age group can go to their nearest vaccination centers to receive the Coronavirus vaccine.
Meanwhile, the countrywide Coronavirus vaccination campaign is progressing steadily. During the last week, 341, 831 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered to frontline healthcare workers and citizens aged 50 or above, taking the number of total doses administered thus far to over 1 million.