NUT Desk- ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the inconvenience being faced by people intending to travel abroad, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has amended its guidelines on the use of AstraZeneca vaccine to facilitate them.
Under the new guidelines, people over the age of 18 years can now be administered AstraZeneca.
Earlier, those aged above 40 years were eligible to receive the vaccine.
On the other hand, Pakistan recorded 838 positive cases, the lowest number detected in the last seven months.
On Tuesday, a large number of people intending to travel abroad staged a protest in Islamabad after they were refused to be given Pfizer vaccine at the F-9 Park vaccination centre.
The protesters demanded that they be inoculated with Pfizer since it was accredited by Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries.
Talking to media, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) spokesperson, Sajid Shah, said only two vaccines Pfizer and AstraZeneca were approved by Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries.
`We have only 100,000 doses of Pfizer which can be administered to only50,000 people as each person is given two doses. The vaccine is also being administered to immune-compromised persons after it was decided that individuals suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer be given Pfizer,` he said.