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Some Punjab health workers reluctant to get COVID vaccine

LAHORE: Punjab has received a third consignment of 70,000 corona vaccine doses but some health professionals are reluctant to get the vaccination.

According to the reports, the health professionals of the province appear reluctant to get vaccinated against coronavirus as only 35 per cent of the staff have been vaccinated despite the passage of 23 days.

Only 45,000 doses out of total doses of 275,000 have been consumed so far but a large number of health professionals are unwilling to get vaccinated against the deadly virus till the situation regarding the side effects becomes clear.

The details further added that out of 6,000 health professionals of the Mayo Hospital, only 740 were vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the secretary of health Punjab has directed the health professionals to get themselves vaccinated. On the other hand, the administration of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) has decided to take action against health workers refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The hospital administration has instructed all healthcare professionals having registered themselves for vaccination to get the jab at the earliest. Those refusing the vaccine will have to face action, it warned.

The Ministry of National Health Services also expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of vaccination of frontline health workers against the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the health ministry on Friday confirmed the presence of a new coronavirus variant in Pakistan and said that the authorities were closely monitoring the cases by using a modern surveillance system.

According to the details, the health ministry has confirmed the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in Pakistan which was detected in the United Kingdom for the first time.

In a declaration, the ministry said that the new SARS-CoV-2 variant is less deadly, however, it is fast-spreading.

It stated that the health authorities were using a modern surveillance system to hold close monitoring of the developments of the new variant of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the ministry also requested the masses to strictly follow the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) against COVID-19.

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