Israel Ahmed Menai, a 100-year-old man from the DHA Karachi neighborhood, has become the oldest person in Pakistan to receive the Covid-19 vaccination, Sindh health officials said on Tuesday. They describe the century man as healthy and vibrant after the jab.
“Adult vaccination center staff [AVC] at the Aga Khan University Hospital [AKUH] I was shocked to learn that a 100-year-old person had come to get a Covid-19 injection, ”said an official.
“They checked his vital organs, and it was perfect. He was healthy and fit for the vaccinations, so they gave him the first dose of Sinopharm, watched him for about half an hour and then let him go. “
For the convenience of the elderly, the National Command & Operations Center has allowed people aged 70 and over to enter the Covid-19 vaccination facility starting Tuesday after registering in 1166.
Health officials said Menai was taken to hospital in a wheelchair and he appeared to be in his late 60s to early 70s, but his staff were surprised when he said he was 100.
“They checked his CNIC, and his date of birth confirmed his 100th birthday was a few months ago. Despite living for a century, he was quite healthy compared to those younger than him, and wanted to live as healthily as possible. “
The centenarian family had registered him with the National Immunization Management System, and then they received a code and were asked to take him to AKUH for jab, the official added.
Commenting on such elderly people showing up to get the vaccine, the official said it was rare but welcoming, and urged the media to highlight it to encourage many others to think “their life is over” or “there is no reason to be vaccinated”.
Sindh immunization officials said they had made special arrangements for the elderly at the vaccination center: their staff helped them go to the center, looked after their health and other needs, and administered vaccines to them with professional and empathetic care.
“Most of the AVCs have been set up on the ground floor of health facilities,” said Dr Akram Sultan, project director of the Expanded Program on Immunization. “The hospital has staff to help the elderly, especially those using wheelchairs. Supposing there is an AVC on the first floor, our staff goes down to the ground floor to help the seniors. “
A health department spokesman said 27 AVCs had been established across Karachi: six in the West District, five each in the East and Central districts, four each in the South and Korangi districts, and three in Malir District.
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AKUH said in a public statement on Tuesday that the Covid-19 vaccination center will be closed to the public on Wednesday (today), adding that normal operations will resume on Thursday (tomorrow) by appointment only.
The hospital administration said that in the last two days they received a large number of people who had chosen AKUH to be vaccinated.
“Although we are honored to be the first choice for many people, we have limited capacity to vaccinate. In order to better serve everyone, starting Wednesday everyone needs an appointment for vaccination, “the statement read. “If you have received confirmation of vaccination from the government, please call (021) 111-911-911 to make a vaccination appointment at AKUH.” Appointments can be made from 8am on Wednesdays.
If the appointment is not available on the date sent to you by the government, you can get the vaccine after that date. The second dose can be given safely for up to seven days after your date.