EPI starts evening shift vaccination: Minister.

LAHORE -- Punjab Caretaker Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Dr. Jamal Nasir said on Thursday that the Expanded Program on Immunization had started evening shift vaccination services at leading teaching hospitals of the province.

Speaking at the Media Orientation Workshop organized by the Expanded Program on Immunization with support of UNICEF here, he said the initiative would facilitate parents who were unable to get their children vaccinated during working hours.

He said that role of vaccines was pivotal in preventing and controlling outbreaks across the world. Without vaccines, he added, "Our world would be hugely vulnerable to epidemics and outbreaks." He said the orientation workshop was part of the activities of the World Immunization Week 2023 which was commemorated world over from April 24 to 30 every year. However, awareness activities continued throughout the month of May, he added. He said that in consonance with the theme of this year, 'The Big Catch up', Punjab carried out the Integrated Outreach Activity with WHO support which provided an excellent catch-up vaccination opportunity to cover Zero Dose Children/Communities and Defaulters, Higher age group children till 5 years missing vaccination, ensure Covid-19 Vaccination and administer OPV to Still Missed Children. He said, 'The World Immunization Week" gave an opportunity to create awareness about the miraculous...

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