Vaccination Administered To Over 1 Million People In A Single Day

On Tuesday, the Chief of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), Asad Umar, made an announcement revealing that the country successfully achieved its previously set target to vaccinate one million people in the time span of 24 hours. On Monday, Pakistan administered the coronavirus vaccination to 1.07 million citizens. 

The Federal Minister for Planning took to the micro-blogging website, Twitter, to laud the performance of all provincial governments, as well as the federal government, for inoculating a record number of people, despite an alarming rise in total infections due to the highly infectious Delta variant. 

Umar further shared that no less than 50% of the total population of the federal capital has received at least the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine. He stated that Islamabad is the first city of the country, which has vaccinated its eligible population of one million or more, which makes 50% of the total number of people who reside there. 

As per the minister, Rawalpindi and Peshawar have successfully inoculated 35% of their respective populations. Meanwhile, 28% of the total number of people living in Faisalabad have received the jab. On the other hand, Lahore, Sargodha, and Gujranwala have given the vaccine against the deadly disease to 27% of the eligible population. 

Where Karachi is concerned, it has managed to inoculate 26% of the people who live here. In the city of Hyderabad, 25% of the eligible population has received the vaccine. 

In addition to the Chief of NCOC, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health (SAPM), Dr. Faisal Sultan, went on to appreciate the vaccination drive operating across the country. He too took to Twitter to say that at least 30 million total doses have been given out to the citizens of the country, up until now. 

He informed that the last 10 million doses were administered in a time span of 16 days, which is 8 times faster than the amount of time it took to give the first 10 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 

On the 1st of August, the Federal Minister for Planning had remarked that in the last six days of the week, starting from the 26th of July and ending on that day, the country had achieved a new record of the number of vaccinations administered. He revealed that no less than five million jabs had successfully been administered throughout that week. 

The boost in the vaccination campaign comes against the backdrop of a rise in the number of coronavirus cases being recorded across the country, especially due to the Delta variant of the deadly disease. It has caused much disturbance in the province of Sindh. In light of the rising number of infections, the government of Sindh decided to impose a lockdown for a week in the entire province, till the 8th of August. 

The federal government has also imposed a different lockdown in some of the major cities in the country, which will come into effect in Sindh from the 9th of August.