Oct 8, 2021: Special aide to PM on health, Dr Faisal Sultan says it is mandatory for students to get vaccinated by the end of November and to this end mobile teams will also visit schools to administer jabs.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, on Friday urged parents to vaccinate their school-going children, saying it would be completed by the end of November for students 12 years and older.
Addressing the media in Islamabad, the Federal Minister for Health said that October 31 is the last date for partial vaccination while November 30 is the last date for full vaccination against Covid19. He added that after November 30, immunized students will not be allowed to go to school.
Dr. Sultan said that Saturday has been fixed for vaccination of children in schools, adding that the last week of October and November have been allocated for vaccinations in school.
The Minister further said that this condition also applies to those madrassas which require their students to be vaccinated by the said dates.
According to Dr. Sultan, mobile teams will visit schools to arrange jobs because the government did not want students to lag behind in their studies due to the closure of educational institutions.
Sultan explained that the government took this decision because it was observed that school going children were the main vectors during the Fourth Covid 19 wave. During the press conference, he also addressed parents’ concerns about the vaccine. Dr Sultan said the vaccines were safe and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that parents should not hesitate to vaccinate their children.
Sultan said that vaccination is necessary not only to ensure uninterrupted study but also to bring the country back to normalcy.
The aide to the prime minister added that the decision to allow schools to resume normal classes from Monday was taken in view of the reduction in the number of Covid19 cases across Pakistan.
He also expressed satisfaction that the vaccination campaign is progressing smoothly, adding that 90 million vaccine doses have been given so far.
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