The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), which serves as the nerve centre for the government’s unified efforts to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, has outlined a comprehensive plan to administer COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan. The eight-step process will make the vaccination drive much more transparent and efficient once the vaccine becomes available in the country.
As per the statement issued by the NCOC, the COVID-19 vaccination strategy was developed in accordance with the global health guidelines following consultation with all the provinces and major stakeholders.
Numerous Adult Vaccination Centres (AVC) and coordination cells have also been established to kick off the coronavirus vaccination drive in Pakistan. These centres will be operated by the National Vaccination and Administration Control Cell (NVACC). Moreover, a new online portal called National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) has been created for the proper delivery of coronavirus vaccine on the national level. The portal will be reportedly run by the NCOC.
You can read more about the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan in our detailed guide.
Step-By-Step Guide on Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pakistan
Here is the eight-step process to get COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan, according to the National Command and Operation Centre.
Step 1: Registration
To register for COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan, send your 13-digit Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number to 1166 through SMS. Alternatively, you can also visit the NIMS portal for registration.
Step 2: Receive Details about Designated AVC
Once your information has been verified, you will receive an SMS containing your designated Adult Vaccination Centre based on your present address on the CNIC along with a PIN code.
Step 3: Visit NIMS Portal to Change AVC
If the designated AVC is situated outside your district or tehsil, you can choose a different health facility by calling the 1166 helpline or visiting the NIMS portal. However, this must be done within 5 days of receipt of the first message.
Step 4: Get an Appointment
Once the vaccine becomes available at your designated AVC, you will receive an appointment for the vaccination through SMS.
Step 5: Visit the Designated AVC
Visit the designated AVC on the scheduled date along with your original CNIC and the PIN code.
Step 6: Verification
The healthcare staff at the assigned facility will verify your CNIC and PIN code.
Step 7: Vaccination
After your details have been verified, you will be vaccinated. The staff will also add your details to the NIMS portal and a confirmation message will be sent to your registered phone number.
Following the inoculation, the staff at the AVC will monitor you for 30 minutes.
Step 8: Data Sharing
The AVC will share the data with federal, provincial and district health departments to generate a real-time dashboard.
Which COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Approved by Pakistan?
So far, Pakistan has approved the following coronavirus vaccines:
- Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine
- UK’s Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
- China-developed Sinopharm vaccine
- China’s Ad5-nCoV vaccine (Cansino Bio)
Furthermore, Pakistan is planning to develop its own vaccine to tackle the deadly disease that has affected the entire world and triggered a full-scale pandemic. The clinical testing and experimentation for a local vaccine are currently underway.
It is also worth mentioning the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan will be initially administered to frontline workers serving in public and private healthcare institutions completely free of charge. The registration process for healthcare workers began on January 10, 2021.
This brings us to the end of our step-by-step guide on how to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan. The blog will be updated as more information is revealed. Therefore, make sure to check back frequently. In the meantime, can check out our COVID-19 glossary and how the pandemic has changed our daily lives.
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