When to get second dose of COVID vaccine? Dr Faisal clarifies

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People should not wait to get their second dose of covid vaccines and get jabbed any time after the minimum recommended interval between the two doses has passed, clarified Dr Faisal Sultan.  

On Monday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has clarified that people should get 2nd dose of vaccine any time after the minimum recommended interval between the two doses has passed. SAPM took to Twitter to say that people should not be waiting for a reminder SMS from 1166 to get their second dose. 

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For convenience, he also tweeted the minimum interval you need between doses for the Sinopharm, Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines. “COVID vaccination — 2nd dose info. You can get 2nd dose of the vaccine ANYTIME after the minimum time interval has elapsed,” he tweeted. 

“Sinopharm – 3 weeks, Sinovac & Astrazeneca – 4 weeks. Don’t need to wait for a reminder SMS from 1166 (comes after 6 weeks for Sinopharm and Sinovac, and 12 weeks for AstraZeneca).” 

NCOC issues clarification on first, second dose of Sinopharm Covid vaccine 

Moreover, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had also issued a clarification about the fake news on the Sinopharm vaccine. The post had been taking rounds on social media over the past couple of days. 

The social media post included an image with a Government of Pakistan logo, falsely listed several conditions in which the Sinopharm vaccine should not be administered to people.  

According to the false notification, the post falsely claimed that lactating and pregnant women, patients with heart disease, individuals undergoing chemotherapy or who have received a transplant, as well as several others, should not get the Sinopharm vaccine. 

The NCOC strongly dismissed the post and called it rubbish as containing “wrong and misleading information”. 

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