August 31 Deadline for those Unvaccinated Against Coronavirus

Federal Minister for Planning and Chairman of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) Asad Umar has warned that all people should be vaccinated before August 31 or they will not be allowed to work.

In a press conference with Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health in Islamabad, Asad Umar said that those working in law enforcement agencies and students aged 18 and above must be vaccinated by August 31. 

In addition, the Chairman NCOC, while emphasizing the importance of Smart Lockdown, lamented that there is still a frivolous attitude towards the Coronavirus epidemic in the country, with the lowest rate of implementation of SOPs recorded in Sindh and Balochistan.

“We created a data-driven system in the light of the problems that have plagued the world and the consequences that have arisen, and now we need to reintroduce it,” Umar said.

He said that closing down entire cities for weeks is not a cure for the problem and but rather, following smart lockdown and implementing SOPs is.

Referring to the data, Asad Umar said that the highest rate of implementation of SOPs was 56.4 percent in Islamabad, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 46.6 percent, Azad Jammu and Kashmir at 42.7 percent, Gilgit-Baltistan at 37.4 percent and 38% in Punjab.

Chairman NCOC said that the lowest rate of implementation of SOPs was recorded in Sindh and Balochistan which was only 33%.

He said that he would cooperate with the Sindh government to ensure implementation of the directives especially in Karachi and the assistance of the Army or Rangers would also be provided in this regard.

Regarding vaccines, Asad Umar said that for those who still do not understand the importance of vaccines and the lives that are at risk because of them, it is time for special measures for them.

He said that only those who have been vaccinated with at least one vaccine will be able to travel by air from August 1 and similarly those teachers who have not yet been vaccinated will not be able to go to school, college, or any teaching center.

Asad Umar clarified that from August 31, there are many more sectors where the ban will apply, such as drivers of school-going wagons, buses, or other vehicles and their conductors must be vaccinated, otherwise they will be allowed to do work

The NCOC chairman said that those working in law enforcement agencies and students aged 18 and above must be vaccinated by August 31.

He said that August 31 is also the last date for the staff working in the public sector, bank, NADRA, property office, and if they do not get their vaccination, they will not be allowed to enter the office.

He said that the staff working in wedding halls, shopping malls, superstores, electronic markets, etc. also need to be vaccinated otherwise they would not be allowed to work.

Asad Umar clarified that after some time of review, another list will be presented and a new date will be set for it.

Earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the number of coronavirus cases in the country was increasing exponentially with the epidemic was spreading faster in Karachi than in other parts of the country.

He said that in the last 24 hours, the number of patients undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit has exceeded 3,000.

Dr. Faisal said that the number of such patients was less than 2,000 in June, but now there is a clear increase, mainly due to non-implementation of SOPs.

He said that the cases of the virus in Karachi are on the rise and 50 percent of the total corona beds available in the city are being used.

Dr. Faisal clarified that with the increase in cases of coronavirus in big cities, the pressure will be on the hospitals. Pressure on private hospitals in Karachi is high and if the situation remains as it is, the consequences could be serious. 

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