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Pakistan to vaccinate people over 18 seeking to travel abroad

Pakistan to vaccinate people over 18 seeking to travel abroad, announces the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC)on Thursday.

The decision was taken as several countries around the world, incorporations, various employers, universities, shipping companies have made vaccination mandatory, the NCOC in a statement.

As per the decision, people over 18 will be vaccinated who fall under the categories mentioned below: 

  • Pakistanis working abroad on a work visa
  • Students studying abroad
  • Seafarers

They can simply walk into any coronavirus vaccination centre, show a valid visa, and get vaccinated, the NCOC said.

The vaccine aspirants will have to carry their valid passport, visa, or iqama to the vaccination centre, the statement said. 

Once the vaccine is administered, a certificate for it will be issued on NADRA’s website, the statement added.

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The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination, has also issued guidelines for vaccination.

As per the vaccination guidelines issued AstraZeneca would be administered to people above 40-years, while people above 18-years will be inoculated with Sinopharm, Cansino, and Sinovac.

The duration between the two doses is 12 weeks for AstraZeneca, 3 weeks for Sinopharm, and 4 weeks for Sinovac.

Saman Siddiqui

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