NCOC announced the vaccination deadline for teachers, students, and different public sectors that is 31st August.
Speaking to a reporter in Islamabad, Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, said the government wanted to speed up the vaccination process and vaccinate at least one million people a day.
He called for public cooperation on this, noting that vaccinating as many people as possible was the only way to slow the spread of the virus.
Asad Umar said that students over 18, teachers, transporters, government employees, hotel and wedding hall staff, and law enforcement officials should be vaccinated before the ceremony at the end of next month.
“We have found that banks, markets, public offices, and schools are the sectors that have to do with citizenship, and to contain the spread of the virus, vaccination has been made mandatory for those who work in these sectors,” said the minister.
Meanwhile, teachers who were warned last month will not be allowed to teach if they don’t get vaccinated by Aug 1, he added.
On that occasion, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan that intensive care cases, which were below 2,000 in the third wave in June, have now surpassed 3,000.
He claimed that the pressure on hospitals across the country had increased dramatically in recent days as the infection rate soared.
Earlier, Asad Umar warned that the situation will get worse and that if established security protocols are not followed, it will spiral out of control.
Citing NCOC data from July 26-28, the minister noted that compliance with the COVID-19 SOPs has gradually declined, particularly in Sindh and Punjab.
“Islamabad has the highest compliance with health guidelines with around 56.4%. Then comes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 46%, Punjab with 38%, while the weakest [app] is in Sindh and Baluchistan with 33%,” he said.
Umar expressed concern about the situation in Karachi, where the prevalence rate exceeded 30% on Thursday.
He praised the Sindh government for its efforts to contain the spread and fully supported the federal government.
“Sindh is taking proactive action, which is right now,” he said.