ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid has announced that the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government would provide the coronavirus vaccine free of cost to the people.
“The government will start the vaccination from the second quarter of 2021. In Shaa Allah,” Nausheen Hamid wrote in a tweet.
She said hopefully import of the vaccine could be possible in the first quarter of 2021. Results of coronavirus vaccine’s trial were encouraging in Pakistan, she said.
The federal cabinet has approved Rs150 million to buy coronavirus vaccines and shortlisted few companies for this purpose.
In the first phase of vaccination, people above 60 years would be given preference, said Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan.
“The government has decided to observe ‘COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) compliance week’ from December 5-12 to create awareness about the importance of Corona safety measures to protect citizens,” Dr Faisal Sultan said in a statement.