Officials set up 40 call centers to follow up with citizens who had lost their second dose.
Officials say Pakistan’s government will step up COVID-19 vaccination efforts and is expanding the criteria for vaccine booster shots.
On Wednesday, the leadership of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), which is spearheading the country’s COVID-19 response efforts, held a meeting in the capital Islamabad to review steps to contain the spread of the virus.
A statement issued after the meeting said authorities will set up 40 call centers to monitor citizens who have missed a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Booster doses will also be given to healthcare workers or citizens who are either above 50 years of age or have compromised immunity.
Pakistan is yet to detect the omicron, which was first designated a form of concern by the World Health Organization on Friday.
On Wednesday, the South Asian country reported 377 new cases of the coronavirus, including eight deaths, taking the total death toll in the country to 28,745.
Pakistan saw its fourth wave of the virus at its peak in August, and daily cases have remained close to their lowest level in recent weeks.
The government’s vaccination efforts have resulted in more than 50.7 million Pakistanis in a population of 220 million being fully vaccinated, although a significant number of others have received only a single dose, According for government statistics.
Last week, the NCOC banned inbound travel to Pakistan from the seven countries or territories where omicrons were detected, including Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.