Pakistan additional lowers age restrict for COVID-19 booster dose

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A healthcare employee administering COVID-19 vaccine to a girl. -APP

Pakistan on Friday additional lowered the age restrict for booster doses amid a pointy rise within the coronavirus positivity ratio that has crossed 7%.

The Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) mentioned that from tomorrow onwards, residents over 18 years can be eligible for a free booster dose of their alternative.

Earlier, individuals of 30 years of age or above have been allowed booster jabs.

“In immediately’s NCOC session, the age restrict for a booster dose has been additional lowered. From tomorrow onwards, residents over 18 years can be eligible for a free booster dose of their alternative. Booster (one dose) can be administered after 6 months hole from full vaccination,” the apex COVID-19 physique mentioned in an announcement.

The NCOC can be mulling to impose restrictions on weddings as giant gatherings have proved to be “super-spreaders” of COVID-19 previously and the identical is occurring now.

Pakistan information over 3,500 circumstances

The nation reported 3,567 new circumstances — the very best since September 10, 2021 — within the final 24 hours, the NCOC information confirmed Friday morning.

The NCOC mentioned 48,449 checks have been carried out throughout the nation, and three,567 infections emerged, taking the positivity ratio to 7.36%. The nation final reported an an infection fee of 6.64% on August 31, 2021.

With the brand new infections, the general tally has risen to 1.315 million, whereas seven extra deaths have taken the loss of life toll to 28,999.

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