KP starts administering PakVac Covid vaccine to people

By Staff Reporter | dawn Jun 18, 2021

PESHAWAR: “On the first day, 270 people got inoculated with Pakvac, which is a single dose medicine. Initially, we have received 5,000 doses of the vaccine produced at National Institute of Health Islamabad with the help of China,” officials told this scribe. They said that NCOC supplied PakVac to all the provinces on the basis of their population.

Pakistan has manufactured 118,000 doses of PakVac as first batch, which have been supplied to all provinces on the basis of their population.

Officials said that it would speed up vaccination process in the province because its one dose provided protection to the recipients against the pandemic. So far, the province has been using Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca and CanSino while a limited quantity of Pfizer has also been procured which is being given to the people with chronic ailments on the recommendation of medical specialists.

“So far, we have vaccinated 1.5 million people in the province. Yesterday, 67,000 people were vaccinated in different centres of the province. Vaccine hesitancy is decreasing,” they said. In Peshawar, the high-burdened Covid-19 district, 380,000 persons have been given the jabs.

Positivity level of Covid-19 swabs remained below five per cent in all districts, except Abbottabad that recorded 8.4 per cent positivity. In Peshawar, positivity remained 3.9 per cent, in Mardan 3 per cent and in Nowshera 1.5 per cent.

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