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Pakistan vaccinates 27,000 healthcare workers against Covid-19

Pakistan Covid healthcare workers

As vaccination efforts continue to move forward, around 27,000 frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) have been vaccinated against Covid-19 across Pakistan in over one week. Around 77 percent of the vaccinated HCWs belong to Sindh.

Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the vaccination campaign last week and the very next day on 3rd February, it was started across the country. Adult vaccination counters (AVCs) are carrying the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, established at 582 health facilities throughout the country.

According to government data, since the commencement of the inoculation process, 27,228 HCWs have been vaccinated, 21,121 have been vaccinated in Sindh, while 4,458 in Punjab, 691 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 274 in Islamabad Capital Territory, whereas 239 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 312 in Gilgit Baltistan and 133 in Balochistan.

While the Covid-19 vaccination drive is underway across Pakistan for over a week now, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday released a video to motivate healthcare workers for vaccination.

In the video, the HCWs, who have been vaccinated, were being observed urging other HCWs and people to get themselves vaccinated. Dr. Aftab Kakar from Balochistan was seen saying in a video that right after 72 hours of getting the jab, he was perfectly alright and he felt no side effect.

Another doctor, Syed Farhat Abbas, from Services Hospital, Karachi, in video said that he also felt no side effect even after 5 days of getting the jab. Professor Mohammad Ashraf Zia, of Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, says the entire staff of his department has been vaccinated.

Whereas, Dr Shamshad of District Headquarters Hospital, Gilgit, said that the vaccine is completely safe.

Moreover, 1,270 new cases and 33 deaths were reported due to Covid-19 in a single day. The number of active cases, which was over 50,000 in December, has dropped to 29,981 and 1,743 of the patients have been hospitalized across the country.

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