Punjab plans to vaccinate 450,000 people daily, says Yasmin Rashid

By: News Desk      Published: 12:28 PM, 23 May, 2021
Punjab coronavirus
Dr Yasmin Rashid talks to newsmen.

Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid said that Pakistanis should have some realization that God has been very kind to them in comparison to neighbouring India and they must adhere to the corona SOPs strictly along with the inoculation of vaccine, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Talking to newsmen in Rawalpindi on Sunday, Yasmin Rashid said the Health Department encourages people to get administered vaccines as these jabs are the only way to combat this virus. 

The provincial government now is injecting vaccine to 140,000 people daily and in the coming weeks the capacity will be enhanced to 450,000 daily,” she added. 

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She said Punjab is leading in vaccination campaign as the province has administered its 2.8 million residents so far against the coronavirus. 

The minister said a vaccine camp has already been set up at the Lahore Press Club where journalists, who are frontline workers, are getting the vaccine doses.

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She clarified that Astra-Zeneca vaccine first dose is being administered while Sinopharm vaccine second dose is being allocated to the citizens and people should make sure of their complete vaccination.

The minister said that lockdown during the last days of Ramazan clearly brought the coronavirus cases ratio down in the province and for the first time less than 1,000 Covid-19 cases were reported in Punjab.

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Yasmin Rashid said public transport is being operational with 50 percent capacity while Pakistan Railways with 790 percent capacity. She announced that six new vaccination centres will be set up in the province.  

She said masks can save 72 percent of people from the virus and the provincial government is imposing smart lockdown wherever it is needed.

Sharing the latest statistics, the minister said, “37 percent over 60 years, 46 percent over 50 years and 5 percent over 30 years have been vaccinated. More than 50 people have been infected with the coronavirus.”