ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has announced the revised guidelines for vaccination for age groups below 18 years. According to NCOC, these guidelines are effective from today (Wednesday). As per details, the Immunocompromised individuals of 12 to 17 years will be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.
While the individuals will be required to produce medical documents as proof of being immunocompromised. Furthermore, the general public age group for vaccination has been lowered to 17 years. NCOC further informed that the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to the age group under 18 years. However, for those below 18 years of age, the Child Registration Certificate (B- Form) number will be used for registration in National Immunisation Management System(NIMS).
20 cities achieve target for vaccination of 40% population: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative, Asad Umar on Wednesday said some 20 out of 24 cities met the target of vaccinating 40 percent population of 18 years and above. “We had set a minimum target of 40% of 18 plus population being partially vaccinated by end August for 24 large cities. Out of these 20 met the target,” he said in a series of tweet. The cities that missed the target included Hyderabad, Mardan, Nowshera and Quetta.
The minister who is also head of the COVID monitoring body said, the vaccination targets for 24 large cities by end September had also been set as 60 percent (partial vaccination) and 40 percent (full vaccination) of eligible population.
“These are tough targets, specially for full vaccination but achievable with a focused effort and high quality execution InshaAllah,” he added.
With respect to the daily vaccination, the minister informed that single day vaccination crossed one and a half million for the first time as yesterday 1.59 million vaccinations were carried out. “Both first dose and second dose vaccinations yesterday were highest ever with 1 million 71 thousand and 519 thousand respectively,” he added. He said 35 percent of national eligible population had received at least one dose.
“Islamabad is at 69%, Azad Kashmir 51%, Gilgit Baltistan 39%, Punjab 37%, Khyber Pakhtunkhwah 35%, Sind 32% and Balochistan 12%,” Asad Umar said.932
3559 new cases reported, daily covid deaths tally reaches 101: The national tally of total deaths due to COVID-19 were recorded 101 on Wednesday with 3,559 more people tested positive for the deadly virus during the last 24 hours.
Out of the 101 patients, 92 of whom were under treatment in hospital and nine out of the hospital in their respective quarantines or homes, according to the latest update issued by the National command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
The total 93, 901 active COVID-19 cases were recorded in Pakistan as
of September 01. During the last 24 hours most of the deaths had occurred in Punjab followed by the Sindh. Out of the total 101 deaths occured during last 24 hours, 40 of the deceased had died on ventilators during their treatment. The maximum ventilators were occupied in four major areas including Multan 72 percent, Bahawalpur 47 percent, Peshawar 50 percent and Lahore 51 percent. The maximum Oxygen beds (alternate oxygen providing facility other than ventilator administered as per medical requirement of COVID patient) was also occupied in four major areas of Sawabi 99 percent, Swat 79 percent, Gujrat 71 percent and Gujranwala 66 percent.
Around 543 ventilators were occupied elsewhere in the country while no COVID affected person was on ventilator in Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Some 53,637 tests were conducted across the country on Tuesday, including 10,900 in Sindh, 23,379 in Punjab, 10,755 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 4,740 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 1,853 in Balochistan, 704 in GB, and 1306 in AJK. Around 1,043,898 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan making it a significant count. Since the pandemic outbreak, a total of 1,163,688 cases were detected that also included the perished, recovered and under treatment COVID-19 patients so far, including AJK 32,228, Balochistan 32,248, GB 9,919, ICT 99,516, KP 162,402, Punjab 394,738 and Sindh 432,637.
About 25,889 deaths were recorded in country since the eruption of the contagion. Around 6,910 have perished in Sindh, out of which 33 died in hospital and two out of hospital on August 31.
Around 11,915 died in Punjab out of which 32 deaths occured in hospital and seven out of hospital during past 24 hours.
4,988 death were reported from KP, 25 of them died were in hospital on Tuesday, 866 in ICT, 339 in Balochistan out of which one died in hospital, 173 in GB and 698 in AJK succumbed to the deadly virus out of which one died in hospital during this time span.
A total of 17, 809,969 corona tests had been conducted so far, while 639 hospitals were equipped with COVID facilities. Some 6,244 corona patients were admitted in hospitals across the country.