Tuesday, January 03, 2023

PM Shehbaz directs immediate COVID vaccination of children aged 5-12

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chairs a meeting regarding COVID-19 situation in the country. —APP
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chairs a meeting regarding COVID-19 situation in the country. —APP

  • Prime Minister Shehbaz reviews COVID-19 situation.
  • Orders third-party evaluation of screening process at airports. 
  • Around 5 million children aged 5-12 years have been vaccinated.

ISLAMABAD: Expressing satisfaction over the COVID-19 situation, which is currently under control in Pakistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday, directed the authorities concerned to ensure the vaccination of children aged 5-12 years on an urgent basis.

The prime minister, who chaired the meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country, instructed the officials to further improve screening at border points as well as airports.

He also sought a report on a third-party evaluation of the screening process at border points and airports.

PM Shehbaz said it was pleasing to note that no COVID-related death was reported from across the country in the last 15 weeks, while the whole nation was grateful to the countries that donated vaccines to Pakistan.

The prime minister said the decline in the rate of COVID infection was pleasing but “we have to be alert all times”.

He appreciated the efforts by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) and other relevant office bearers for containing the spread of coronavirus.

During the meeting, the prime minister was briefed about the current COVID situation, new variants, ongoing efforts, and the status of vaccination.

It was told that Pakistan apparently faced no threat from the new variant as almost 90% of the population was fully vaccinated and 95% partially vaccinated.

Around five million children of 5-12 years of age have been vaccinated which was 25% of the total strength and the target of full vaccination would be achieved within the next few months.

The meeting was told that the average infection rate was hovering around 0.2-0.5% in the country.

He informed the participants of the meeting that an effective mechanism was in place at the borders to contain the influx of COVID into the country.

Moreover, the rate of random sampling at the airport has been increased to 2% besides ensuring the fumigation of the planes coming from the affected countries.

It was told that Pakistan was among very few countries where genomic surveillance of COVID has been introduced to ensure early detection of the new variants.