The government of Punjab is going to set up special counters at places frequented by people to check Covid vaccination certificates and monitor the implementation of SOPs at restaurants, wedding halls, cinemas and hotels.
Sarah Aslam, Punjab Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department Secretary, in a statement, said that Punjab will set up counters at public spots to check Covid vaccination certificates such as wedding halls, cinemas and hotels. “Those violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) will face action as per law.”
The new SOPs are being introduced in view of the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases countrywide. 47 more people have died due to COVID-19 and 2,545 others have tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours in Pakistan, with the death toll due to the viral coronavirus infection reaching 22,689.
Sindh makes vaccination certificates a must for almost everything
Sindh government has decided to check Covid-19 vaccination certificates of people going for a doctor’s appointment to the hospital, a job interview, dining out or intercity travel.
The health department has directed all district officials, medical superintendents, hospital heads and officials of various departments to ensure Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
Hospital staff have been directed to entertain only those patients with Covid-19 vaccination certificates. “No patients without vaccine certificates will be entertained,” said Provincial Director General Health Dr Irshad Memon.
20.6 percent of people above the age of 50 have been vaccinated
Planning Minister Asad Umar has said 20.6 percent of people above the age of 50 in Pakistan have been administered at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.
He tweeted and urged the people to encourage those in the age group to vaccinate as soon as possible as this “age group is most vulnerable to serious health effects of covid”.