ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Thursday announced a number of measures to ensure vaccination of people against coronavirus in high risk sectors.
“Only those people will be allowed to travel by air from the 1st of August who would have taken at least one vaccination shot,” said Asad Umar while talking to media in Islamabad along with Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan.
The minister said the government cannot put the lives of students in danger. Therefore, the teachers would have to get themselves vaccinated before 1st of August to continue their responsibilities in the educational institutions, he said adding that those transporting the students to schools and colleges would have to get the vaccination shots by August 31.
While, he said, the students aged 18 and above would also have to receive the vaccination jab by 31st August.
The minister for planning said the deadline of 31st August for vaccination has also been set for the public sector employees, law enforcement agencies, transport sector and the staff working in hotels, restaurants, wedding halls and banks.
“These steps have been taken to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people. He said the world recognizes Pakistan’s efforts for dealing with the pandemic,” he said.
Asad Umar said that about 850,000 vaccine doses were administered last day. He said the government’s target was to cross the mark of one million doses in a single day.
Dr Faisal Sultan, on this occasion, voiced concerns over increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. Resultantly, he said the burden on hospitals especially in Karachi was increasing.
The special assistant asked the people to observe the health guidelines to check the spread of the pandemic.