Only 180,000 of eight million senior citizens in Pakistan have registered for inoculation two weeks after the government began the registration process for those over the age of 65, and this is just 2.25 percent of the population of the elderly in the country.
An official of the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has noted this slow response rate and has stressed the need for elderly people to register for inoculation as soon as the vaccine reaches the Adult Vaccination Centres (AVCs) in Pakistan.
The registration process for the vaccination of senior citizens began in the country on 15 February.
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, announced the news via a tweet that read:
All Pakistanis above the age of 65 can start registration for the COVID-19 vaccine starting today. Send an SMS from any mobile phone with your CNIC to 1166 or visit nims.nadra.gov.pk to get registered. The vaccine center and date of appointment be communicated once the vaccine arrives.
Many frontline healthcare workers in the country have also been reluctant to register for the coronavirus vaccination, which means that there is a need for the relevant authorities to understand the reasons for their refusal, and devise an awareness program or strategy accordingly.