Gov’t issues storage, usage guidelines for AstraZeneca

NUT (WEB DESK) The Ministry of National Health has, on Saturday issued storage and usage guidelines of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca. As per the details, Pakistan has recently received 1.23 mln vaccine doses of Oxford University’s AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca could be administered to a specific age group of men and women. The vaccine shot could be given to the male aged 18 years or above, and the women above 40 years of age. In the condition of fever, AstraZeneca vaccine should not be administered to a person. “Those infected with coronavirus will be administered the vaccine after recovery from the disease,” according to the guidelines.

AstraZeneca vaccine could also be administered to the hypertension, sugar and patients of heart ailment. The patients of severe diseases and those having blood clotting complaints should not be given AstraZeneca shot, according to the guidelines. A person undergoing organ transplant could be administered the vaccine after three months of the surgery.

According to the guidelines, no data is yet available for the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in people below 18 years of age. The guidelines, AstraZeneca needs to be kepts stored at 2 to 8 degree Centigrade temperature while it is administered in two doses with a gap of 12 weeks after the first dose-jab.