Pakistan launches door to door vaccination amid spike in cases

SAPM on national health services urges the public to stop being ‘lazy’ and get a booster shot

The Pakistan government has started a massive door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination campaign amid a spike in cases, Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Umar announced on Tuesday.

The decision comes as the country is struggling to overcome the fifth wave of coronavirus.

Asad Umar, who is also head of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), was addressing a press conference along with a special advisor to PM on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan.

Details of the campaign

  • The first phase of door-to-door vaccination campaign will run for a period of two months
  • Around 55,000 mobile teams will vaccinate people at their homes
  • Over 35 million Covid-19 shots will be administered in the campaign

COVID-19 vaccination data

As of Monday, Jan. 31,

  • 80 million people in the country are fully vaccinated
  • 10 million people have received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2.6 million people have received the booster dose

“It has been noticed during the current fifth wave of COVID-19 that the people in the areas with high vaccination rates have minor symptoms of the disease,” said Asad Umar.

Stop being “lazy”

Addressing the news conference, SAPM Dr. Faisal Sultan urged the Pakistanis public to stop being “lazy” and get a booster shot at the earliest, adding that the additional dose is being administered for free.

“Scientific data has shown that people need an additional dose of the vaccine despite being fully vaccinated for protection against COVID-19 if six months and over have passed,” Dr Sultan said.

The SAPM said that the only way to get rid of the restrictions and lockdowns that people are facing for the last two years is vaccination against COVID-19. He also requested the public not to turn away vaccination teams if they reach their doorstep.

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