Sindh Halts Vaccination Campaign for Students

Sindh’s Health Ministry halted the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in public sector educational institutes in Karachi on Monday due to the unavailability of the complete record of the students in the city.

In an official statement, the provincial Health Ministry said that the immunization drive in schools and colleges in the provincial capital will resume once the complete record of the students becomes available.

Last week, Sindh’s Education and Health Ministries announced to start the vaccination campaign for students of 9-12 classes in all educational institutions from 6 September.

Over 2,500 teams of the provincial Health Ministry today have started the vaccination drive of over 1.4 million students of classes 9-12 in the rest of the province.

On 1 September, the Federal Health Ministry also launched the vaccination campaign for individuals aged 17 years across the country. The vaccination schedule for students aged 15 and 16 years old would be announced later. The vaccination drive was previously limited to citizens aged 18 years or above.

However, Sindh’s Health Ministry raised objections over the Federal Health Ministry’s decision, stating that the latter has not clearly defined the policy regarding the vaccination of individuals aged less than 17 years.

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