Guidelines for Vaccination Centre Visits
Coronavirus Vaccination Centres in Pakistan
24-hour Vaccination Centres in Karachi
Drive-Thru Vaccination Centres in Pakistan
FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccination in Pakistan
Things to Remember
Approved Vaccines by DRAP
Like many other countries around the world, Pakistan has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic for more than a year now. Hundreds of thousands of cases have been reported so far. The government authorities have been doing their best to control the spread of the deadly virus by imposing lockdown measures as well as running public awareness campaigns regarding coronavirus SOPs.
After the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan at the beginning of 2021, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), which acts as the government’s nerve centre for the ongoing pandemic, has launched vaccination campaigns in different phases. NCOC is now also setting up vaccination centres in Pakistan. These facilities will have the capacity to vaccinate hundreds of people on a daily basis to speed up the process.
The vaccination drive will be carried out on a large-scale, covering all major cities in the country. According to the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS), more than 100 million people need to be vaccinated in Pakistan. The first phase of the vaccination campaigns focuses on Healthcare Workers (HCWs) and senior citizens.
So, if you don’t know how to get the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan, you have made it to the right post. In this blog, we are going to give you all the latest updates on the Adult Vaccination Centres (AVCs) in Pakistan and shed light on the NCOC guidelines for citizens who are planning to visit these vaccination facilities.
Now, without further delay, let’s begin!
Step-by-step Guidelines for Visiting the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre
As you can see in the illustration above, there are certain guidelines that citizens have to follow before visiting the Adult Vaccination Centre (AVC). We’ll now go through them step by step in detail for your assistance:
1. Check Your Eligibility
In the very first stage of the process, you need to check your eligibility for the vaccination process. You need to text your CNIC to 1166 for this purpose. The National Immunization Management System (NIMS) will tell whether you are eligible for the vaccination campaign or not, based on your CNIC number. As discussed, in the first phase only senior citizens and Healthcare Workers (HCWs) will be vaccinated.
Quick Fact: The National Immunization Management System (NIMS) has been formulated by NCOC to effectively manage the supply of the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan. The system records the data of each and every vaccinated individual, aiding the authorities to swiftly carry out phase-wise vaccination drives.
2. Confirmation SMS
Now, you’ll get a confirmation message. It will inform you about the Adult Vaccination Centre (AVC) that you are supposed to visit and will provide you with a unique PIN code for verification.
3. Appointment SMS
Once the vaccine is available at your desired AVC, you will receive an SMS confirming your date of appointment.
4. Visiting the Adult Vaccination Centre
Now, you need to visit the AVC on the allotted date and time. You must take your CNIC and the provided pin code along with you for verification.
5. Verification Counter
The very first thing you need to do after visiting the vaccination centre is to head over to the verification counter. Show your CNIC and tell your PIN code, so the staff at the verification counter could check and verify your appointment schedule with NIMS.
6. Vaccination Counter
After getting done with the verification process, you will be called to the vaccination counter upon your turn. Here you will be provided with the coronavirus vaccine dosage.
7. Your Vaccination Entry in NIMS
To keep records in NIMS updated, the staff at the AVC will put you on the list of vaccinated people, once you have been given the vaccination dosage.
8. Monitoring Process at the Facility
You will be required to stay for at least 30 minutes after getting the vaccination. The doctors will closely monitor you to check for any after-effects of the vaccine jab on your health.
The Latest Updates on Coronavirus Vaccination Centres in Pakistan
According to the latest updates, NCOC is planning to set up mass COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) in major cities. A large-scale CVC has already been set up at Lahore’s Expo Centre. Similar facilities will also be established in the following cities:
Note: According to the NCOC official website, here is the complete list of the coronavirus vaccination centres in Pakistan, which have been listed province-wise.
Along with scheduled vaccinations of the registered individuals, walk-in vaccination facilities have also now been opened for people of all ages. The entire vaccination campaign is being closely monitored by NCOC and NIMS.
The authorities have also ordered all public and private institutions to urge their employees to get vaccinated and to show their vaccination proof. So, whether you are fully vaccinated or have taken your first vaccination shot, you can get your vaccination certificate from NADRA.
DON’T FORGET TO READ: How to Easily Apply for Your NADRA Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate Online
Newly Set Up 24-hour Vaccination Centres in Karachi
As the Sindh government prepares to take strict legal action against non-vaccinated individuals in the province, people have started rushing towards vaccination fearing the consequences. The panic situation is resulting in overcrowding incidents, dangerously increasing the risk of COVID-19 contractions in a province that has already been adversely affected by the fourth wave of the pandemic.
So, to avoid such a situation, the provincial government has announced plans to operate at least nine mega vaccination centres in all six districts of Karachi. With the availability of medical staff all the time, these vaccination centres will operate round-the-clock across the city.
- Karachi Expo Centre
- Ojha Campus of Dow University
- Khaliq Dina Hall, MA Jinnah Road
- Jinnah Medical College Hospital
- Sindh Government Hospital, North Karachi
- Government Qatar Hospital, Korangi
- Sindh Government Korangi No. 5 Hospital
- Murad Memon Hospital, Malir
- Children’s Hospital, North Nazimabad
Drive-Thru Vaccination Facilities Are Now Available Across the Country
The federal and provincial governments in the form of public-private partnerships have also launched drive-thru Covid-19 vaccination points across the country to facilitate the masses. Currently being operated in the three major cities: Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, these mobile facilities have successfully vaccinated hundreds of thousands of citizens.
The authorities are planning to increase the number of drive-thru vaccination points to ease the burden on the vaccination centres established in hospitals and other public facilities.
FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccination Process in Pakistan
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus vaccination process in Pakistan.
How do I register for the COVID-19 vaccination in Pakistan?
You have to register at the NIMS official website, which is powered by NADRA. To register, SMS your CNIC number 1166 or provide the details online along with your mobile number.
How much do I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccine is being provided free of cost by the Government of Pakistan
What is the fee for sending SMS on service (1166)?
This service is being provided free of charge.
Things to Remember
Here are a few key things to remember about the vaccination process in Pakistan.
Senior Citizens (Age: 70 or Above): Text your CNIC number (all 13 digits without any spaces or dashes) to 1166 to get registered and receive a PIN code instantly. Walk into your nearest vaccination centre and get yourself vaccinated.
Senior Citizens (Age: 60 to 69): For vaccine registration, SMS your CNIC number to 1166 (all 13 digits without any spaces or dashes) or register yourself online on NIMS website. As discussed, your desired vaccine centre, PIN code, and appointment date will be shared with you through SMS. The process is the same for healthcare workers.
COVID-19 Vaccines Approved by Healthcare Authorities in Pakistan
These are the Covid-19 vaccines that have been approved so far by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).
- Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine
- UK’s Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
- China’s Sinopharm, CanSino Bio and Sinovac vaccines
- Germany’s Pfizer vaccine
- USA’s Moderna vaccine
This brings us to the end of our detailed piece on the already established and upcoming COVID-19 vaccination centres in Pakistan. We hope the step-by-step instructions we have shared above will help you to get through the COVID-19 vaccination process. If you have any questions or feedback related to our blog, feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a side note, we have also covered a detailed piece on coronavirus testing facilities in Pakistan. The information in this blog will help you locate your nearest COVID-19 testing facility.
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