Punjab faces Covid vaccine shortage, Yasmin says stocks available

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Punjab faces Covid vaccine shortage, Yasmin says stocks available

UT Desk- LAHORE: The shortage of Covid vaccine has forced the authorities to close two vaccination centres/camps in Lahore while some others in the rest of the province may face closure.

There are reports that only a day`s stock of the Covid vaccine is left in Punjab, an official privy to the information told media.

He says following the shortage of the vaccine, the health authorities have closed down the centre/camp established at the Lahore Press Club and the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) while the situation in some other centres of the city seems uncertain.

Recently, the Punjab government has increased the Covid vaccination centres to 657 across the province, including 57in Lahore.

Reports suggest that many people are being denied vaccine, particularly in Lahore, due to its scarcity.

The of ficial says in order to avoid criticism, the staffers are administering second dose of the vaccine, while denying first dose to people.

Punjab Health Minister Prof Dr Yasmin Rashid has confirmed that the provincial authorities have stock of vaccine for three days only.

In a statement, she says the health teams were administering vaccine to 240,000 citizens daily in Punjab against 430,000, a target set by the National Command and Operation Centre.