LAHORE: The government of Punjab on Wednesday launched the second phase of the special coronavirus vaccination campaign “Reach Every Door” with the aim of vaccinating 26.7 million people until December 31.
To review the campaign arrangements, Provincial Minister of Health Dr Yasmin Rashid and Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal co-chaired a meeting at the Civil Secretariat.
Administrative secretaries from different departments including health, Auqaf, schools and higher education attended the meeting while all deputy commissioners participated by video link.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Yasmin Rashid said that prevention of the corona virus is only possible through vaccination and adherence to SOPs.
“The rate of positive coronavirus cases in Punjab is less than 1%, but we have to be very careful after the emergence of the Omicron crown variant in South Africa,” she noted.
She said any vaccine can be given for a booster dose, adding that according to NCOC guidelines, the booster would be given free of charge to health workers and people over 50.
Vaccination against Covid-19: the “Reach Every Door” campaign will continue until November 12
She mentioned that the NCOC appreciated the performance of the government of Punjab in successfully achieving immunization targets.
Leading all deputy commissioners to meet vaccine targets, the chief secretary has said the coronavirus vaccination campaign is a national cause.
He praised the performance of the deputy commissioners in the polio and coronavirus vaccination campaigns and urged them to continue working with the same spirit and diligence.
Primary Health Secretary Imran Sikandar Baloch briefed participants. He said 26.7 million people would be vaccinated in the second phase, which will run until December 31, and more than 18,000 teams have been trained for this.
He said call centers have been set up in the districts to notify people of their second dose. During the first phase, 13.2 million people were vaccinated and the success rate remained at 88%, he added.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021