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Punjab Faces Shortage of COVID-19 Vaccine

LAHORE: With less than 2% of the total population fully vaccinated, two of the largest provinces in Pakistan — Sindh and Punjab — are facing shortages of coronavirus vaccines, sources said Friday.

In Lahore, only four out of 23 vaccination centres are administering vaccines, sources in the Punjab Health Department said, adding that the number of vaccination centres had been reduced due to a shortage of the jabs.

Vaccines are now only being administered at Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute, Expo Centre, Minar-e-Pakistan, and Railway Dispensary.

The sources said prior to the shortage, 60,000-50,000 people were being inoculated daily, while on June 16, 35,625 jabs were administered, and on June 17, 23,425 people were inoculated.

Meanwhile, vaccine stocks have completely dried up in Bahawalnagar, while the stock in Gujranwala is expected to finish today.

The Punjab health department said, however, that vaccines would arrive on June 19, after which the vaccination process would resume as usual from June 20.