Lahore district administration says no fuel for the unvaccinated from September 1

Statesman Report

LAHORE: The local administration in the city of Lahore has put up banners at petrol stations warning the public that unvaccinated people will not be allowed to buy fuel from September 1, it was reported on Friday.

The latest development comes amid the government’s efforts to step up vaccinations across the country as it fights a fourth wave of the pandemic, with officials announcing new conditions to compel people to get jabbed. A little over 15 million of Pakistan’s 220 million population is fully vaccinated so far.

“All customers are hereby informed that if they were not vaccinated against coronavirus by August 30, then we reserve the right to not provide you the service,” read one banner at a Lahore fuel station in footage shown on Geo News. “NO VACCINATION, NO SERVICE.”

“Warning,” read another sign. “From September 1, only customers with coronavirus vaccination certificates will be given petrol.”

On Wednesday, Planning Minister Asad Umar, who also heads the federal pandemic response body, announced that people who had not been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus would not be allowed to use public transport from October 15.

Pakistan earlier this week announced a significant expansion of its obligatory vaccination regime to ensure that only vaccinated people were allowed to enter public places.

“Most public places are covered by this obligatory regime,” Umar said at a press conference on August 24. “Enforcement mechanism both administrative and tech-based are being developed to ensure a high compliance level.”

He said schoolteachers and staff would also not be allowed to work after October 15 unless they were vaccinated.

Pakistan has also made coronavirus vaccination mandatory for all international and domestic air travel from September 30.

The South Asian nation has so far reported 25,415 deaths and 1,144,341 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to a government portal. The number of active virus cases stands at 92,844 in the country.