Vaccination drive for 30-39 age group begins

NCOC asks citizens to send CNIC numbers to 1166 for registration


Our Correspondent May 17, 2021
People gather to receive their coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine doses, at a vaccination centre in Karachi, Pakistan April 28, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD:

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) — the country's nerve centre for Covid-19 response — on Sunday asked all those people who are above 30 years of age to get vaccinated as soon as possible in order to prevent the deadly disease from infecting them.

In a message on its official Twitter handle, the NCOC asked the above 30 people to get registered by sending their CNIC numbers to 1166 prior to visiting the vaccination centre.

“Walk-in facility for above 40 years also needs prior registration,” the NCOC added in its public awareness message.

The NCOC said that vaccines protect individuals and communities. “Vaccination not only protects you, it protects those who cannot be vaccinated,” it mentioned.

Pakistan reported 2,379 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country's Covid-19 tally to 877,130. The country's death toll climbed to 19,543 after 76 more people succumbed to the deadly disease.

Read Pakistan has received 4.06 million doses of Covid vaccines so far

Meanwhile, 5,288 patients recovered from the deadly disease during the day taking total recoveries to 788,768.

According to the NCOC, the total active Covid-19 cases across the country were reported to be 68,819.

On Saturday, the NCOC reviewed the implementation of standard operating procedures over the Eidul Fitr holidays and expressed satisfaction on compliance.

A special session, chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar, decided to allow markets and shops to remain open till 8pm from May 17 (Monday) onwards.

The forum also decided that all inter-provincial, intra-city and inter-city public transport can resume from May 16 instead of the earlier decided May 17. It was further decided to continue running trains with 70% occupancy in the country.

The NCOC also said that normal working hours for offices will resume from May 17, with the condition of 50 per cent work from home to remain in place.

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