Full vaccination mandatory for all int’l, domestic air travel from Sep 30: NCOC
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced on Tuesday that all air passengers, including those on incoming and outgoing international flights, would need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Sep 30.
In its review of the measures put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus, particularly in view of the spread of the Delta variant, planning minister Asad Umar, who also heads Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus, said incoming international passengers as well as those flying domestically or abroad would not be allowed to avail the facility from Sep 30 unless fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The following decisions were taken by the NCOC in its meeting Tuesday:
Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel domestically and internationally from Sep 30. The same condition applies to incoming passengers
Full vaccination by Oct 15 is compulsory to use public transport facilities
Vaccination for those aged between 17 and 18 to begin from Sep 1
Immunocompromised people aged above 12 will get a “specific vaccine” at certain centres from Sep 1
Visitors at shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and weddings should get first dose by Aug 31 and second jab by Sep 30 to enter premises
Students aged 17 and above should get first dose by Sep 15 and second dose by Oct 15. In case of non-compliance, they can’t enter educational institutions.
People travelling on motorways should be vaccinated with first dose by Sep 15
Similarly, travelers at highways must get first Covid-19 dose by Sep 30 and second dose by Oct 30 to prevent travel bar
School van drivers should get first dose by Aug 31
The minister said the measures were taken to ensure public health protection and allow operation of businesses.
Booster shot
Dr Faisal Sultan, briefing on the occasion, said a booster shot could be considered for frontline health workers aged above 50 after six months of their second dose