Pakistan to begin door-to-door vaccination drive from today: Asad Umar


On Monday, Pakistan logged over 100,000 active COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day.

The country saw 5,327 new infections on Monday as it continues with its battle against the fifth pandemic wave.

However, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) showed a positivity ratio of less than 10pc for the first time since January 19.

Meanwhile, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar announced the start of a home vaccination campaign. The two-week-long drive will aim to administer 35 million coronavirus shots.

Umar announced this while addressing a press conference with the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan. Umar said the NCOC had prepared a massive campaign in all areas of the country.

He said that over 55,000 mobile teams will carry out vaccinations at homes, adding that the campaign’s initial phase would start from today (Tuesday).

“The target is to administer more than 35m doses. I know it is a huge target but preparations have been locked for training mobile teams and ensuring vaccine supplies.”

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The Planning Minister said areas with higher vaccination rates were “way more protected” from the impacts of COVID-19.

Umar said more than 80m people across the country had been completely vaccinated. “About 10m people have received one dose. I urge people to go for booster doses if they’re eligible.”

Moreover, SAPM Sultan said the government had laid out a definite recommendation to get their booster shots to protect their health from serious complications.

The SAPM asked people to cooperate with the vaccination teams and welcome them.

“If you cooperate with them, we will get liberated from the pandemic because only unvaccinated people are having their health worsened and are being admitted in hospitals,” he added.

Separately, Sindh Minister for Health Azra Pechuho said the purpose behind the mass vaccination campaign was to reach remote regions of the country.

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