According to the latest statistics, it may take Pakistan eight years to inoculate all its population against coronavirus, while in six years its 75 percent population can receive the covid jab.
Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Tuesday said total vaccinations carried out so far had crossed the one million mark.
He said more than 76,000 vaccinations were carried out a day ago.
If the government provides the same number of vaccinations (76,000) daily for the rest of the years then it will take Pakistan six years to vaccinate its 75 percent population.
As per 2019 census, Pakistan’s population is 216.6 million. If 76,000 people are vaccinated everyday then 166,440,000 will be vaccinated in six years, which is more than 75 percent. So, 221,920,000 (221.9 mn) people can be vaccinated in eight years, by the same calculation.
It is pertinent here to mention that according to a report of an American news agency, Bloomberg, it would take Pakistan a decade to vaccinate 75 percent of its population. The data used by the media house was a little old. The vaccination process can be completed in shorter time, provided that more number of vaccines are injected daily.
In a tweet, Asad Umar said the total number of people registered so far for anti-Covid vaccination was now over two million. He asked the people aged above 50 to get themselves registered for the vaccination.
The minister said increased restrictions, broader lockdowns and strong enforcement of SOPs had started showing their effect.
The minister for planning said initial signs of positivity were slowing. He, however, said that due to momentum of last two weeks, patients on critical care and mortality would stay at high levels for some time. He asked the people to continue to follow the COVID SOPs.
On Apr 5, Punjab Chief Minister’s Special Assistant on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had said 127 anti-Covid vaccination centers were providing vaccine to people across the province.
She had said so far more than 500,000 people had been vaccinated in Punjab.
The special assistant had said to ensure the transparency and efficiency in vaccination drive, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar himself was monitoring the vaccination centers.
She had said Punjab will procure vaccine worth 1.5 billion rupees from its own budget. She had said in first phase people above sixty years and paramedics were being vaccinated.
She had urged the people to observe the SOPs against the virus as it was the only way to contain the pandemic.