Unvaccinated Citizens Will be Denied Essential Services From Next Month: NCOC

Citizens not vaccinated against Coronavirus will be denied access to all essential services across the country from 1 October, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has warned.

In an official statement, the NCOC urged unvaccinated citizens to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest from their nearest Mass Vaccination Centers (MVCs) to avail uninterrupted access to all the basic services.

Last month, NCOC had also imposed a series of restrictions on unvaccinated citizens to speed up the ongoing Coronavirus vaccination campaign.

Under these restrictions, unvaccinated citizens will be barred from domestic and international air travel from 1 October, from using motorways from 15 October, from using highways from 30 September, and public transport from 15 October.

They will also be banned from visiting public places including shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, and weddings from 1 October.

Meanwhile, the countrywide Coronavirus vaccination campaign is also progressing steadily. During the last 24 hours, more than 807,000 doses of Coronavirus vaccines were administered across the country, of which, over 456,000 were first doses and around 350,000 were second doses.

Since February this year, nearly 75 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country, of which 55.5 million are first doses and 25.5 million are second doses.

Restrictions Removed

Besides, the NCOC has decided to lift restrictions from Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Gujarat, and Bannu after observing a reduction in the Coronavirus cases in these cities.

COVID-19 restrictions will remain enforced in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Peshawar, Swabi, Malakand, Swat, Haripur, Abbottabad, Mansehra, and Dera Ismail Khan till 30 September.

The NCOC will decide whether to lift or further extend these restrictions on 28 September.

On 3 September, the NCOC had initially imposed restrictions in 15 cities of Punjab, 9 cities of KP, and Islamabad due to a high prevalence of Coronavirus.