Pakistan has announced a huge vaccination campaign against Omicron

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On Monday, Geo News reported that the Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar stated that vaccination campaign is the most effective method of protection against the new coronavirus variety known as Omicron, which has emerged recently.

Umar, who also serves as the director-general of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), warned that the Omicron variant would unavoidably make its way to Pakistan during a joint press conference in Islamabad with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, who was also in attendance.

The minister revealed that the NCOC has reached certain decisions regarding the extremely contagious new type that is spreading rapidly around the world.

It is only a matter of weeks, according to him, for the government to contain the Omicron menace.

“Effective measures to control the [spread of] new variety in Pakistan are being implemented, but vaccination remains the sole effective method of protection against Omicron,” Umar explained.

Umar informed the media about the NCOC choices and stated that the government would conduct a huge vaccination campaign across the country within two to three days of receiving the information.

“We will not be able to stop Omicron, but we can mitigate its impacts by taking preventive actions,” he continued.

While discussing government preventive measures, the minister stated that they were tightening limits for people arriving from other countries and increasing testing capacity in high-risk areas.

He urged people to get completely vaccinated against the coronavirus, which he described as “a deadly virus.”

A booster vaccine would be administered to those individuals at high risk of catching the virus, according to the minister.

Sindh has made the administration of a booster dosage mandatory for persons who have received all of their vaccinations.

Following the discovery of the novel COVID-19 strain, the Government of Sindh has decided to make a booster dosage of the coronavirus vaccination mandatory, according to the Daily Jang newspaper published on Sunday.

The Sindh Health Department had previously declared that a booster dosage of the Pfizer vaccine would be offered to those who had already received their first dose.

Sindh Health Secretary Zulfiqar Ali Shah had previously stated in the Daily Jang that the decision to offer a booster jab to persons who have been completely vaccinated had been made in order to prevent the virus from spreading throughout the province.

Consignments of the vaccine are being imported specifically for this purpose, he had previously stated.

It was previously announced that “booster vaccinations are already being delivered at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and Dow University of Health Sciences Ojha Campus,” but that “the size of vaccination will be expanded throughout the province.”

Further, he had emphasised that there will be no price for administering the booster vaccination shot.

Shah had requested that those who had already had the basic vaccination obtain the booster shot, and he had advised those who had not yet received the basic vaccination to get themselves immunised against the virus.

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