Karachi starts door-to-door vaccination for women

Pakistan's largest city Karachi launched a door-to-door campaign to vaccinate women on Tuesday (January 11).

Women are lagging behind men in rates of coronavirus inoculation, officials said.

It came as the country entered a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 1400 cases reported on Tuesday.

The provincial government's campaign will use female health workers.

They have long played an instrumental role in country-wide polio vaccination campaigns in the South Asian nation.

This housewife said she felt it was a positive step taken by the government as women often don't have enough time to go for vaccination because they are working at home.

About 70 million people in Pakistan, or 32% of the population, have had two vaccine doses.

The first case of the Omicron variant was reported on December 13 in Karachi.

The federal government has acknowledged that a fifth wave of the pandemic has started, with Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad seeing most of the cases.

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