Pfizer Will Not Be Provided to Umrah/Hajj Pilgrims: Health Ministry

For the second time in less than 24 hours, Pfizer, a pharmaceutical corporation based in New York, has revised its policy for using COVID-19 vaccination.

Pfizer vaccine COVID-19 shall only be provided to immunocompromised persons, as the latest guidelines have shown, and Hajj and Umrah pilgrims have been removed from the vaccination priority list.

Sources indicate that, due to a special clause in the COVAX Agreement that was a worldwide initiative aimed at fair access to GAVI-led Coronavirus vaccines, the Ministry was required to limit the use of Pfizer COVID-19 to those with weak immune systems only.

Only yesterday, with limited availability, has the Ministry of Health changed Pfizer's COVID‐19 admin policy.

Initially, Pfizer was meant to be vaccinated from Pakistani workers and students, the pilgrim's Hajj and Umrah, and immunocompromised persons overseas.

However, following the first revision, the Pakistani workers and students were removed from Pfizer's priority list in other parts of the world.

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