Country achieved milestone of having 60 million vaccine doses

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ISLAMABAD: As the country achieved the milestone of having administered over 60 million vaccine doses, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday decided to reserve Sunday (today) for those people who have still not received their second dose.

It also decided to keep vaccination centres open on Sept 6 in order to inoculate maximum number of people without any interruption and achieve herd immunity at the earliest.

On the other hand, the US embassy in Pakistan announced that Washington would be delivering additional 6.6m Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to Islamabad.

The latest decision by the NCOC comes a day after more curbs, including shutting down of educational institutions, were introduced in 24 districts.

Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, who heads the NCOC, had briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan on the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country on Friday and informed him about the steps being taken to stem the spread of the virus.

The districts where the new restrictions have been enforced are Rawal­pindi, Lahore, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Rahimyar Khan, Khanewal, Bhakkar, Multan and Bahawalpur in Punjab, Haripur, Malakand, Mansehra, Swabi, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Abbottabad and Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as Islamabad.

Keeping in view the difference between partially and fully vaccinated people, the NCOC decided to keep vaccination centres open on Sunday and advised people to go for complete inoculation.

“Those who have not gotten the second jab despite passage of their due date are suggested to visit vaccination centres any day in the week even if they have not received a message from the 1166 helpline. Sunday has been especially dedicated to those who have to get the second dose,” a statement issued by the NCOC said.

It is worth mentioning here that the number of people who have received the second dose is 50pc less than those who have just had the first shot.

According to the forum, 45,498,115 people have been partially vaccinated while only 18,512,319 are fully inoculated.

On the other hand, it was announced on Saturday that over 60 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered across the country.

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