Govt announces free booster dose for passengers travelling abroad

January 22, 2022

People who are going abroad will get free booster shots by showing their travel documents at vaccination centres

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A paramedic prepares doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for patients at a walk-in COVID-19 clinic inside a Buddhist temple in the Smithfield suburb of Sydney on August 4, 2021. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: As the country witnesses a surge in COVID-19 cases, the government on Saturday announced that passengers seeking to travel outside of Pakistan can get free booster doses, Geo News reported.

According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Health, the government has decided to abolish booster shot fees.

People who are going abroad will get free booster jabs by showing their travel documents at vaccination centres, the notification said, adding that the booster dose is already free for the general public.

Previously, Rs1,250 was being charged for the booster shot from those who were travelling abroad.

Citizens above 18 can get booster jab

On January 14, theNational Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced all citizens above 18 years can get the coronavirus vaccine's booster jab, as the Omicron variant pushes infections across the country.

The free booster dose will be administered to people after a six-month gap from when their vaccination was completed.

Pakistan had first started administering booster doses from December 1, 2021, for three groups — healthcare workers, individuals above the age of 50, and those having a weak immune system — and later, the age was lowered to 30 years and above on December 20.

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