Asad Umar calls to accelerate vaccine drive

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar has said that Pakistan has set a new record of administering 1.4 million coronavirus vaccine doses in a day.

In a tweet earlier in the day, Umar encouraged people to get immunised against the deadly virus. “With the expanded vaccine obligatory regime going into effect by September 1, now is the time to get vaccinated if you still have not been.”

According to the National Ministry of Health, so far, 55.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country.

In a meeting last week, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced new restrictions for unvaccinated people in the country.

  • Students of or above the age of 17 years to get fully vaccinated by October 15.
  • Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to board on both international and domestic flights from September 30.
  • Unvaccinated people visiting and working at malls, hotels, restaurants, and guest houses won’t be allowed inside after September 30.
  • Unvaccinated people will be barred from using public transport after October 15.
  • Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed on motorways and highways after October 31.

The government is considering booster shots for people with weak immune systems and health workers. Pakistanis travelling abroad can get a special dose, according to the requirements of the country they are travelling to, at special inoculation centres for Rs1,270.


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