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Pakistan sets Aug. 31 deadline for coronavirus vaccination for high-risk sectors

July 29, 2021
The minister said the ban would be extended from Aug. 31 on other sectors and places where the risk of coronavirus spread is high due to excessive assembling of people, including the transport sector, markets, and public-dealing offices. — WAM photo
The minister said the ban would be extended from Aug. 31 on other sectors and places where the risk of coronavirus spread is high due to excessive assembling of people, including the transport sector, markets, and public-dealing offices. — WAM photo

ISLAMABAD — The federal government in Pakistan on Thursday set Aug. 31, 2021, as the deadline for COVID-19 vaccination, following which only vaccinated staff and people would be allowed to enter both public, private sector offices, businesses and high-risk sectors.

"This is being done for you. This is not a punishment but an acknowledgment to make you realize that you play an important role in this society and economy. And we, on a priority basis want that your health is not compromised so that your livelihood continues and economy also continues," Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said while addressing a press conference here.

Asad Umar, who is also the chairman of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), said that the NCOC had already a made decision earlier that unvaccinated people would be barred from traveling in domestic flights from Aug. 1 likewise teachers and staff would also not be allowed to enter educational institutions unvaccinated from this date, APP news agency reported.

He said that we cannot take risk of children, adding that around 80 percent of teachers have already been vaccinated.

The minister said the ban would be extended from Aug. 31 on other sectors and places where the risk of coronavirus spread is high due to excessive assembling of people, including the transport sector, markets, and public-dealing offices. — WAM


July 29, 2021
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