Islamabad becomes first city to hit 50pc vaccination target: minister

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Sustaining its rapid vaccination rate, Islamabad became Pakistan’s first city to fully vaccinate 50 percent of its eligible population against Covid-19, said the chief of the National Command and Operation Centre on Sunday.

“Islamabad has become the first city in Pakistan to have at least 50% of its eligible population [15 years & older] fully vaccinated,” Asad Umar tweeted. “71 [percent] of Islamabad eligible population has received at least 1 dose,” said he, stressing the need to further ramp up the rollout in other cities.

Last month, the government announced that from September, workers in schools, shopping malls and hospitality businesses, and the transport and air travel industries would be barred from entering public offices unless they had a vaccine certificate.

Over the weekend, the NCOC had decided to further lower the eligibility age for vaccination to 15 years. The government has decided to launch vaccination of youth up to 15 to 18 years of age as part of its efforts to inoculate the public.