Covid-19 updates: Pakistan loses six more lives to pandemic virus

NIH says 227 new infections confirmed in past 24 hours

The number of fresh novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases throughout the country rose to 227 over the past 24 hours, according to data shared by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Wednesday.

The institute registered six casualties resulting from Covid-19 during the period.

According to NIH, 15,475 diagnostic tests were conducted across the country over the past 24 hours, which resulted in a slightly heightened 1.47% positivity ratio.

In total, 115 Covid-19 patients are admitted in critical care units of different hospitals across the country.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 30,500 people have lost their lives to the disease.

Nationwide vaccination statistics

Data shared by the NIH stated that 94% of the population eligible for vaccination had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine since the start of the vaccination campaign. Out of these, 88% of the people also took the second dose of the vaccine.

Moreover, around 30% of the eligible population have received booster doses against the virus.

Vaccination protocols

All citizens aged 12 and above can register on nims.nadra.gov.pk for their doses or visit the nearest vaccination centers for a jab.

Moreover, people over the age of 18 with a valid national identity card can register themselves for a dose by sending their CNIC number to 1166 (free SMS).

People who have completed their vaccination course are eligible to receive a booster dose after a gap of six months.

Meanwhile, travelers and citizens planning a visit can get two additional doses of vaccine free of cost, with a minimum gap of 21-28 days from the previous dose.

Health officials have asked parents to only administer the Pfizer vaccine to teenagers between the ages of 12-18.

The rest of the population can receive Sinopharm, Sinovac, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines/booster doses in any combination.

Those who have recently recovered from the novel coronavirus are advised to wait around 28 days before another jab.

The government in Sindh is also starting vaccination for children between 5-11 years towards the end of September.

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