Karachi’s Expo Vaccination center, Pakistan’s biggest Covid-19 vaccination facility, remains closed amid data operators strike!
The center was closed on Saturday after the facility’s data operators went on a strike, claiming that they haven’t been paid salaries for the last three months.
A total of three shifts run at the facility with more than 65 data operators working in one shift.
Following the strike, inoculation at the center has been halted which has lead to difficulties for people.
According to the center’s management, the nursing staff is handling the data operations temporarily.
On the other hand, Sindh Parliamentary Health Secretary Qasim Soomro said that “there was a delay in the payment of the workers’ salaries and we had informed them about it beforehand.”
“The summary of the salaries has been approved by the finance department and the chief minister”, he said, adding that the pays will be released by Monday.
Karachi’s Expo Vaccination Center has the capacity to carry out up to 30,000 vaccinations per day and It remains open 24 hours.
The facility has 12 registration counters with six blocks that contain 96 cubicles.
Each shift at the facility has an estimated 360 health workers to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.