Train Travel Banned For Unvaccinated Citizens From Oct 1: NCOC
The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has decided to ban unvaccinated people from travelling in trains from October 1 and called on the provinces to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) during Muharram.
According to the reports, Dr Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Health Imran Khan, has said that people who have been given the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine should not wait for the message for the second dose.
In a tweet, Dr Faisal Sultan said, “You can get 2nd dose of the vaccine ANYTIME after the minimum time interval has elapsed, Sinopharm – 3 wks, Sinovac & Astrazeneca- 4 wks. Don’t need to wait for reminder SMS from 1166 (comes after 6 wks fr Sinopharm & Sinovac & 12 wks fr AstraZ).”
The NCOC meeting, chaired by Minister for Planning, Development and Special Measures Asad Omar, expressed concern over the spread of the coronavirus in Rawalpindi and Peshawar and called for a banned the unvaccinated citizens from travelling through trains, from October 1.
The NCOC recommended the provinces to take necessary steps to implement the health guidelines during Muharram.
Expressing satisfaction over the vaccination process, the participants stressed the need to speed up the administration of the second dose.
The NCOC reported that while 29 million people received the first dose, only 7 million received both.
It is worth mentioning here that a large number of people have been stopped by the staff of vaccination centres due to not receiving the codes through the helpline.
On the other hand, the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), handed over one million Corona Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits to Pakistan at the event.
Speaking on the occasion, the Assistant Prime Minister said, “We are grateful to USAID for donating these high-speed antigen test kits.
This effort is a reflection of the warm relations between the two countries.”
“These RDTs will meet Pakistan’s immediate monitoring and evaluation needs and limit the spread of COVID-19 to its minimum level,” said Julie Quinn, Director of USAID Mission.
It is worth mentioning here that the US government has allocated $40 million for Pakistan in response to COVID-19, including the donation of 200 ventilators, personal protective equipment and a plus oximeter.
USAID’s assistance also includes a 2 2 billion vaccine partnership with GAVI, a 2022 program to assist in the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.
Pakistan has also received 5.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.
The NCOC, meanwhile, warned people to avoid misleading information circulating on social media about various vaccines.
The forum said in a tweet that “misleading and misleading information regarding the administration of various vaccines is circulating on social media. For authentic and up-to-date instructions on vaccines please visit the official web portal https://covid.gov.pk/guideline.
Social media is full of false information stating that people over the age of 60 who have had organ transplants, chemotherapy and those with heart and lung diseases cannot be given Sinopharm.
On the other hand, the NCOC data shows that in the last 24 hours, 53 patients have died from the virus and another 4,040 have been infected.
In addition, the number of active patients has reached 83,298 by August 9, of which 4,276 have been admitted to various hospitals.
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