Although the Pakistani government has not received a Covid-19 vaccine, Sindh health authorities have set up 14 vaccination centers in the province, including nine in the Karachi Division, The News has studied.
Of the nine vaccination centers established in the city, two each have been established in the South, East and Central districts, and one each in the Korangi, Malir and West districts. Early next month Pakistan is expected to receive the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese company Sinopharm, which the Pakistani and Sindh governments have approached.
At an early stage, health authorities plan to vaccinate only frontline health services and other workers, including those serving in Covid-19 care facilities. Other districts in Sindh where vaccination centers are set up are Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad and Mirpurkhas, a health department official told The News on Tuesday.
The official said that in the South Karachi District, one vaccination center had been set up at the Jinnah Graduate Medical Center and another at the Khaliq Dina Hall. In the Eastern District, one vaccination center has been set up on the Ojha Campus of Dow University of Health Sciences and another at Aga Khan University Hospital, the official added.
The official said that at the District Center, one vaccination center had been set up at the Sindh Liaquatabad Government Hospital and another at the New Karachi Sindh Government Hospital.
In Korangi District, a vaccination center has been established at the Sindh Korangi No. Government Hospital. 5, in the Malir District, at the Urban Puskesmas in Thado Nalo, and in the West District, at the Sindh Qatar Government Hospital, the official added.
The official said that other Sindh vaccination centers had been set up at Liaquat University Hospital in Hyderabad, HIS Hospital in Sukkur Labor Colony, Chandka Medical University Hospital in Larkana, KIA Association in Nawabshah and Mirpurkhas District Hospital.
The official also said that the vaccination center was equipped with all necessary equipment and equipment, including refrigerators, while training of staff members to be stationed at the facility is currently underway.
Personal protective equipment will be provided to staff of these centers who are trained to deal with the influx of people to be vaccinated against Covid-19, while they are also trained in handling and administering vaccines, the official added.
Health Secretary Kazim Jatoi visited several vaccination centers in Karachi on Tuesday to review the arrangements made at the facilities. He directed relevant officials to ensure easy access for the elderly and people with disabilities.
He said that frontline workers, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, would be given the vaccine initially, whereas in the second phase, people over 60 and those with serious chronic comorbidities would be vaccinated against Covid-19.
“We need to facilitate people who are old, those with disabilities and those with serious complications. This vaccination center must function to prevent people from contracting the disease. “