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  • Punjab prepares three-stage plan to vaccinate over 110 million folks
  • Healthcare staff and folks over 65 will get the jab within the first stage
  • Punjab using PCR testing, not speedy antigen testing which it says is “unreliable”

The Punjab authorities has ready a three-stage plan to vaccinate its inhabitants of over 110 million towards the coronavirus, well being officers mentioned.

As Pakistan is ready to obtain doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine within the first quarter of this 12 months, Punjab — Pakistan’s most populous province — goals to vaccinate its residents in three phases.

Essentially the most susceptible or high-risk people will likely be given the vaccine jab within the first stage, retired Captain Muhammad Usman, secretary Punjab’s major and secondary healthcare division advised a press briefing on Thursday.

These first in line to be vaccinated will embody healthcare staff, who work together immediately with coronavirus sufferers, and folks over 65 years.

Learn extra about Pakistan’s plan to obtain the coronavirus vaccine

Within the second stage, medics and professionals who don’t are available in direct contact with the COVID-19 contaminated will likely be inoculated, in addition to folks over 60 years of age.

Lastly, within the final stage, the vaccination drive will likely be open to the remainder of the province, the secretary added.

With the assistance of the Nationwide Database and Registration Authority, the well being officers have recognized 0.5 million healthcare staff in Pakistan coping with coronavirus sufferers, Capt Usman defined.

As many as 9.5 million persons are over the age of 65 years, and 16.8 million are over 60 years within the nation. Each will likely be on the listing of precedence teams.

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Testing in Punjab

Whereas speaking about the usage of speedy antigen testing within the province, Nabeel Ahmad Awan, secretary of the specialised healthcare and medical schooling division, advised reporters that Punjab has determined towards utilising the speedy testing kits for now.

“The price of a PCR test is cheaper these days than that of an antigen test,” he mentioned, including: “Plus the antigen test is not as reliable as PCR.”

An antigen check package prices between Rs1,200 to Rs1,600 every, whereas a PCR check prices round Rs700, Awan mentioned. The secretary additionally mentioned that up to now the UK virus mutant pressure had not been detected in Punjab. 

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