No shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, huge stock of doses available: Nausheen Hamid

DailyTimes  |  Aug 03, 2021

Parliamentary Secretary of National Health Services Dr. Nausheen Hamid on Tuesday made it clear that there is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

“I am very much confident that the whole population will get vaccinated by Dec 2021,” she said.

Talking to a private news channel, she said that the government was moving steadily for vaccine procurement deals and also scaling up the national vaccination program.

She said that the people should get themselves vaccinated as early as possible, adding, the people should follow instructions of the NCOC in letter and spirit to help check the spread of the disease.

Replying to a query, she said the government would soon consider the issue of adult vaccination programs where teens under age 17 would get priority.

She said that most of the countries allow the Sinopharm vaccine to adults under age 17, who wish to travel abroad for studies.

Talking about new restrictions, she said local administration should play an active part in the strict implementation of SOPs as many transporters were violating government guidelines.

Replying to another question, she said that the 3rd dose of vaccine is still not under consideration in our country but many other countries are going for it.

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