Over 10 million people vaccinated against coronavirus so far, PM told
A high-level meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday on the ongoing coronavirus vaccination campaign, was told that over 10 million people had been administered the vaccine in the country so far which was a remarkable achievement given such a large number of people were covered in such a short span of time, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Federal Ministers Sheikh Rashid, Asad Umar, Hammad Azhar, Azam Khan Swati, special assistants to the PM Dr Faisal Sultan, Muhammad Shehzad Arbab and other concerned senior officials were in attendance.
The meeting was given a detailed briefing not only on the progress made in the vaccination drive with the help of data provided by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) but the light was also shed on the future course of action to be adopted in order to tackle the pandemic.
The meeting was informed that since all government, semi-government and private departments were trying to vaccinate their entire staff against the virus, therefore, not only the capacity of vaccination centres was being enhanced but the constitution of mobile vaccination teams was also in its last stages.
It was further told that over 50 per cent staff of government and private educational institutions had been administered the vaccine under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and that a campaign had been launched in collaboration with the private sector to create awareness in people about the importance of vaccination drive the results of which were being produced in the shape of more and more people voluntarily receiving the coronavirus vaccine doses.
It was also disclosed that not only vaccination centres in the country had been doubled but the number of mobile teams constituted to immunize people against the virus had also been increased from 48 to 600. Apart from that, a large number of private and government hospitals had been added to the list of vaccination centres.
Similarly, it was told that special steps were being taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic in Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan in view of these areas’ significance for tourism.
For example, it has been made mandatory for tourists to produce vaccination certificates on arrival at a tourist resort.
Expressing satisfaction over the steps being taken by the government, PM Imran said only through the vaccination of people and compliance with the SOPs, the spread of Covid-19 could be controlled.
He further said that the fact that people in Pakistan were voluntarily receiving vaccine doses was exceptional since such a tendency was not often witnessed even in developed countries.