Sindh Health Secretary Zulfiqar Ali Shah has said that it has been decided to make the booster dose mandatory across the province because of the new variant.
Pfizer vaccine will be administered as a booster jab in Sindh, he said.
“The booster dose is being given only in Jinnah Hospital and DOW Ojha Hospital but it will be provided to the entire province and no charges will be taken for booster jab”, the Health Secretary said.
Omicron, a variant of the novel coronavirus that some scientists fear could be more transmissible than the delta variant.
Following the news of the outbreak of the new COVID variant, Pakistan on Saturday announced to restrict travellers from six southern African countries including Hong Kong.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives and NCOC chief Asad Umar urged an even more urgent need to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older.
“Based on the emergence of the new covid variant, notification has been issued to restrict travel from 6 south African countries and Hong Kong. The emergence of a new variant makes it even more urgent to vaccinate all eligible citizens 12 years and older,” he tweeted.