- NCOC President Asad Umar says the government will move “worldwide” so that everyone can be vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Umar says the restrictions imposed by the government on Eid before receiving the share as interest rates are reduced.
- He said the government hoped to find enough people to receive the Eid-ul-Azha vaccine so that there would be no need to enact legislation.
ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) director Asad Umar said the government will launch a major campaign to ensure that the coronavirus vaccine reaches all people.
Umar spoke about the government’s idea of launching the campaign by speaking at a press conference in Islamabad after attending a National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The ministry of planning said the restrictions imposed by the government on Eid before receiving benefits because interest rates are low.
He explained that the ban was a “preventive measure” and affected people’s lives, adding that the only way to address the problem was to get vaccinated.
Umar said the government hopes to find enough people to receive the Eid-ul-Azha vaccine so that no ban is imposed as it did on Eid-ul-Fitr.
To that end, the minister said the government would change from “all-government approach” to “national-wide”.
Umar said in view of the government “all departments, whether government or provincial, are working together” against COVID-19.
“The next phase we are going to is called closer to the rest of the world,” said Umar. He further added that this meant that “the whole world should work together” in support of the vaccine.
“To ensure that the vaccine reaches everyone, we are launching a major campaign,” said Umar.
The ministry said that if the first phase, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) would hold a press conference with the anchor tomorrow.
“We’ll buy it [media’s] contribute first to the meeting. Media helped when the coronavirus was first introduced. As such, we want a major vaccination campaign on why vaccines are needed, “said the NCOC official.
Umar said the next day, the NCOC will convene leading Pakistani institutions and ask them to participate in government activities.
“We will tell them how we need their help. We do not want their money, we will vaccinate them and through them, we will test their workers and their families,” said the NCOC chief.
He added that after reaching out to their people, the government will use their hospitals and mobile teams to reach out to the general public.
In the next phase of the campaign, the minister said the government would assist religious experts in the country.
“We have asked President Arif Alvi to convene a seminar on religious education and to ensure that the message reaches every Pakistani, that health care is a part of your religion,” said Umar. He said the government would also reach out to law councils and media outlets.
“Today’s meeting the NCC has approved our approach but this approach will be successful not only because of the NCC but everyone, like Pakistan, will play their part,” Umar said.