ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Wednesday said that thirty-five percent of national eligible population had received at least one dose of Covid vaccine.
Giving a province-wise break up in his tweets, he said 69 per cent population in Islamabad had received Covid vaccine dose, 51 per cent in Azad Kashmir, 39 per cent in Gilgit Baltistan, 37 per cent in Punjab, 35 per cent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 32 per cent in Sindh and 12 per cent in Balochistan.
The minister for planning and development said that single day vaccination crossed one and a half million mark for the first time on August 31.
Meanwhile, the government has commenced vaccination drive for the citizens aged 17 and above from today (September 01) while Pakistan has reported 101 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours.
Earlier, it was announced that the citizens who were 18 or older could register themselves for Covid vaccination.
According to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), total 1,590,236 people were vaccinated in the past 24 hours, out of which, 519,082 got fully vaccinated while 1,071,154 first doses were administered.
Last week, the federal minister Asad Umar, who heads the NCOC, and Dr. Faisal Sultan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on health, had announced new plans to combat the growing rate infections in the country.
According to media reports, the government will shortly begin an immunisation campaign for children aged 15 to 16 years.
The NCOC has confirmed that 3,559 new Covid cases with 101 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours in Pakistan.
Sindh has been the most affected province with total 432,637 cases reported till this date, followed by Punjab (394,738), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (162,402), the federal capital–Islamabad (99,516), Balochistan (32,248), Azad Kashmir (32,228), and Gilgit-Baltistan (9,919).