No public transport for the unvaccinated from October 15
ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) President Asad Umar said on Tuesday that people not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus would not be allowed to use public transport from October 15.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday with the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant (SAPM) on National Health Dr Faisal Sultan, Umar said unvaccinated teachers and staff will also not be allowed to work. after October 15th.
The ministers informed that the NCOC has made the following decisions: (i) Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel within the country and abroad from September 30. The same condition applies to incoming passengers; (ii) Full vaccination before October 15 is compulsory to use public transport; (iii) Vaccination for people aged 17 to 18 from September 1; (iv) Immunocompromised people over 12 years of age will receive a “specific vaccine” in some centers from September 1; (v) Visitors to shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and weddings should receive the first dose by August 31 and the second dose by September 30 to enter the premises; (vi) Students aged 17 and over should receive the first dose by September 15 and the second dose by October 15. In the event of non-compliance, they cannot enter educational establishments; (vii) People traveling on highways should be vaccinated with the first dose before September 15; (viii) Likewise, highway travelers should receive the first dose of Covid-19 by September 30 and the second dose by October 30 to avoid the travel ban; and (ix) School van drivers should receive the first dose by August 31.
He said vaccination was made compulsory for air travel after September 30, while those who work in schools, transport must take their doses before the date.
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He said the government was taking action to curb the spread of the virus for which vaccination is important, adding that a single dose of vaccination is needed to travel on highways after September 15, while after October 15, no one will be allowed to use the highway without vaccination.
Unvaccinated people will not be allowed to enter malls from August 31, he said, adding that a single-dose vaccination will be mandatory to enter malls after the date.
From September 30, only people who have taken their two jabs will be allowed to enter malls, he added.
Only people who have taken a vaccine will be allowed to enter hotels from August 31, while full vaccination will be mandatory for entry from September 30.
Those who have not taken their two jabs will not be allowed to attend wedding ceremonies, whether indoors or outdoors after September 30.
Speaking on the occasion, SAPM Dr Sultan announced that citizens in the 17-18 age group would be allowed to be vaccinated against Covid-19 from September 1.
Dr Sultan said vaccination for the 15-16 age group will also start soon.
He said immunocompromised citizens aged 12 and over would receive a special Covid-19 vaccine recommended at mega vaccination centers.
Likewise, he said, Pakistanis who wish to travel abroad and need a specific vaccine as per the requirements of their respective country could now get such a vaccine.
He added that this vaccine would be allowed not for medical reasons, but for their travel needs.
He said that for this purpose they had to show their respective country’s visa while this vaccine would be allowed at a nominal fee.
He said this category would be allowed to be vaccinated from September 1.
He said payment would only be charged in this category because the government wants to make it easier for all students, businessmen or tourists who want to go abroad, but they face some hurdles due to not not have the required vaccination.
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He added that further details on this category would soon be shared by the Department of Public Awareness.
Sultan said the government had started considering launching a recall after six months of a second injection to frontline healthcare workers over 50.
He said after consultation, this recall would likely start from October 1.
SAPM added that the NCOC has developed a mobile application with support from the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to provide vaccination certificates to people on their mobile after submitting the required details.
He added that foreign vaccinated Pakistanis can also get their vaccination certificate from the NADRA website from August 26.
He added that people can download valid vaccination certificates from the website. He said the government has taken the issue of fake vaccination certificates seriously and that a crackdown has been launched against those involved in the crime. He said strict measures had been launched through the Federal Investigation Agency and the police.
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