The government has established the first COVID-19 vaccination centre in Taralai area of the federal capital.
According to details, citizens can register themselves for the vaccine using the helpline 1166. The government has installed a special chiller at the centre so that the vaccine remains safe and lasts long.
The federal health ministry has also set up a training centre for the vaccinators at the site.
The centre was set up a day after Secretary for Ministry of National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid said that Pakistan is expected to get the first COVID-19 vaccine batch by the end of January.
According to Radio Pakistan, Dr Hamid said that the government was “urgently” drafting a database of all public and private medical workers to get them vaccinated in the first phase.
However, it has not yet revealed which vaccine it is and from which country Pakistan would procure it.
A week earlier, Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan would purchase 1.2 million doses of virus vaccine from China’s Sinopharm.
Last month, China had approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by an associate of the state-backed pharmaceutical giant.