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Vaccination for people over 50 starts April 21: Asad Umar

Send your CNIC number to 1166 to register

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 weeks ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 weeks ago
Vaccination for people over 50 starts April 21: Asad Umar

People registering for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Expo Centre Lahore. Photo: Online

People over 50 years can start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from Wednesday, April 21, announced Asad Umar, head of the National Command and Operations Centre, on Saturday.

The decision to open vaccination for those in the age group of 50 to 59 years was taken at an NCOC meeting, Umar said on Twitter.

He encouraged people to start registering for the vaccine.

To register, you have to send your CNIC number, without dashes or spaces, to 1166. You can also register on the government’s website nims.nadra.gov.pk.

You will be given two doses of the Sinopharm vaccine 21 days apart. The vaccination through the government is free of cost.

You need both vaccine doses to develop full immunity. While we don’t know the exact duration, most experts say immunity after vaccination lasts between four and six months. 

A person develops:

  • partial immunity two weeks after the first dose
  • full immunity two weeks after the second dose

Read more about the process here.

Coronavirus vaccination centres across the country will be closed on Fridays, according to the NCOC.

The centres will operate in two shifts in all provinces during Ramazan.

Some private hospitals have also started administering the COVID-19 vaccines, but they aren’t free. The government fixed a price of Rs12,000 for all private vaccines.

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