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June 20, 2021

Vaccine shortages

 
June 20, 2021

This is to draw the attention of the authorities to the shortage of vaccine doses in Karachi. Some vaccination centres are temporarily closed. At other centres, many people, who were eligible for the second dose, went back since the centres didn’t have the doses of the specific vaccine – for second doses, people must receive the same vaccine as their first shot. On the other hand, many people haven’t been able to receive the first dose of the vaccine.

Another problem that many people are facing is that there is not enough information about the vaccine. The government and the media must work together to create awareness among people and inform them about the availability of vaccine doses. The authorities concerned should look into this matter on an urgent basis and resolve it immediately.

Maria Ghulam Muhammad

Karachi

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There is no doubt that the government’s vaccination programme has proved to be quite effective in controlling the spread of the deadly coronavirus and reducing the number of positive cases. Vaccination has been quite effective so far – we can say this because we have seen how a majority of people flout SOPs (which was irresponsible). On this basis, it is safe to assume that the current low positivity rate is largely due to the fact that the government carried out an effective vaccination programme.

However, now, the shortage of vaccine has created an obstacle in the path of the vaccination process. This alarming situation will surely affect the vaccination targets. The sitting government must ensure the uninterrupted supply of imported and locally produced vaccines. It should realise that now more and more people are keen to get vaccinated to save their precious lives.

Engr Asim Nawab

Islamabad

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Pakistanis who are stuck here are running from pillar to post in search of the Covid-19 vaccine. Many countries have issued a list of the approved vaccines, and a majority of Pakistanis don’t know where those vaccines are available. In addition, the sudden shortage of vaccine doses has created more problems for people who were waiting to fly back to their countries.

The government’s vaccination drive was commendable. It is hoped that the authorities will quickly resolve this issue and ensure that all vaccination centres have sufficient stocks of vaccines.

Iqbal Shah

Lahore