Children aged 12 and above will be vaccinated too, NCOC

KARACHI: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to start a special drive for vaccination at schools where persons around 12 and above age will be vaccinated for coronavirus.

According to the forum’s president Asad Umar, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has agreed to vaccinate children aged 12 and above.

The federal minister stated in a tweet on Tuesday that during the NCOC meeting, the decision to vaccinate children aged 12 and up had been made.

“In today’s NCOC meeting decided to start vaccination of all 12 years and older. Special drive will be run for vaccination at schools to make it easier for children to be vaccinated,” Asad Umar wrote in his tweet.

Later, the NCOC announced via a tweet that children over the age of 12 will receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

In September, the government began immunizing those aged 17 and up.

The NCOC issued the following instructions earlier this month:

  • Individuals aged 12 to 17 who are immunocompromised will be immunized with the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Individuals will be asked to show proof of being immunocompromised in the form of medical documentation.
  • The immunization age for the general population has been decreased to 17 years.
  • The Pfizer vaccine will be given to children under the age of 18.
  • A Child Registration Certificate (B-Form) number will be used to register persons under the age of 18 in the National Immunization Management System.

Pakistan reports decline in COVID-19 cases

After reporting 1,400 new instances Tuesday morning, Pakistan’s daily COVID-19 case count fell below 1,500 for the first time in more than two months, according to figures from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The number of active cases also fell to 49,968 cases, the lowest level in over two months (July 20). Since the previous month, the number of active cases, as well as the positive rate, has been steadily decreasing, with new recoveries practically daily outnumbering new cases recorded. 4,015 individuals are in critical condition among the current cases.

In the meantime, another 41 individuals have died as a result of the illness in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of persons who have died to 27,638 across the country. This is the fourth day in a row that the country has had less than 50 deaths in a single day.

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