Prime Minister Imran Khan launched Pakistan’s coronavirus vaccination campaign on Tuesday, once again reminding people to continue to take preventive measures.
Under the supervision of the Prime Minister, his health adviser, Dr. Faisal Sultan, and Asad Umar, the head of the National Command and Operations Center, Pakistan was vaccinated for the first time-a medical staff in Islamabad.
“The more you abide by coronavirus safety measures, the easier it will be to protect everyone from the virus,” said PM Imran Khan, addressing a gathering to mark the occasion.
“I congratulate [all those present here] for working at great speed to import a vaccine. We also thank China for gifting us 500,000 vaccines,” he said.
The prime minister said that similar to the shot the doctor had received, healthcare workers across the country that work with coronavirus patients will be the first to be given the jab, after which the age groups most at risk will be administered the shot.
The Prime Minister also tried to assure the nation that the distribution of vaccines in various provinces was conducted in a “fair” manner. “No one would think that we distribute more vaccines in one province than in other provinces.”
He stressed the importance of healthcare workers getting the shot as “all over the world it is the healthcare workers that are most at risk”.
“I also wish to stress to the nation the importance of coronavirus SOPs (standard operating procedures) and especially, wearing a mask.
The Prime Minister said that the school has reopened and the hospital will open as soon as possible. “Our cases are now declining. The more you follow the SOP, the easier it will be to protect our people from the coronavirus.”
He said that due to the high mortality rate, other countries had to adopt complete blockade measures.
“Our economy is running and it is the service sector that has been curtailed. If you exercise caution, then all remaining sectors will be reopened,” PM Imran Khan said.