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NCOC says COVID-19 vaccination centres to remain closed on Friday instead of Sunday

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Senior citizens receiving jabs of Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine at a vaccination centre established at Expo Centre in Lahore on April 7, 2021. — APP/File

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has announced coronavirus vaccination centres across Pakistan will remain closed on Friday instead of Sunday.

The NCOC, in a tweet on Thursday, said the change in the schedule will be effective starting tomorrow.

Earlier on March 20, the NCOC had announced that coronavirus vaccination centres will be closed on Sunday and national holidays like March 23.

"All vaccination centres across the country will remain closed on Sundays and National holidays like March 23," the NCOC had said in an earlier statement.

The NCOC's chief — the body that is leading Pakistan's fight against coronavirus — Asad Umar, has said COVID-19 vaccination registration will be open to all citizens after Eid.

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The Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives was speaking to senior journalists when he announced the development, according to a report on Dawn.

Umar, according to Dawn, termed the coming five to six weeks "critical" in Pakistan's battle against the ongoing third coronavirus wave.

Pakistan is using the Sinopharm vaccine developed by state-run China National Pharmaceutical Group, which was shown in clinical trials to be 79% effective. Another Chinese vaccine, CanSino, is due to arrive in the country after Eid.

Meanwhile, the country will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine in the coming weeks through the World Health Organisation's COVAX programme.


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