The federal government has decided not to charge passengers traveling abroad for booster shots of the COVID vaccine.
The national health ministry has communicated the directives to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the provinces.
According to the ministry’s directive, passengers traveling abroad can now receive booster shots after showing their travel documents to health officials.
The federal government decided in August 2021 to administer booster COVID vaccine shots to people traveling abroad and announced a fee to be paid at the National Bank of Pakistan.
Those interested in receiving booster shots were charged Rs1270 and were required to pay the fee at designated National Bank of Pakistan branches (NBP).
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) approved a booster jab for people to strengthen their protection against the new variant on December 1st, amid the threat of transmission of the new Covid strain ‘Omicron‘ to Pakistan.
The country’s top platform in charge of Covid response authorized booster shots for three groups of people: healthcare workers, people over the age of 50, and people who are immunocompromised.
The booster shot will be free of charge and can be given at least six months after the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine was given.