Unvaccinated Citizens May Face Restriction After 30th, Warns Minister

Unvaccinated Citizens May Face Restriction After 30th, Warns Minister

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has warned the unvaccinated citizens that their failure to receive the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by September 30 will result in several restrictions for them.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the interior minister appealed to the people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the country from the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the interior minister did not specify the restrictions planned for such individuals.

The minister lauded the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) for its efforts to combat coronavirus, saying the high-level forum was appreciated across the world.

The minister also appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan's address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He said the prime minister showed a "mirror to the world community with courage and reason" and the premier presented the Afghan issue in the right context before the global community.

Rashid said the prime minister's appeal to not abandon Afghanistan reflected "his humane aspect". He added that Imran also exposed the "fascist face of Modi’s India" again. The interior minister hoped the world community will "frame policies while taking guidance" from Prime Minister Imran's address to the UN General Assembly.

In August, NCOC head and Planning Minister Asad Umar had announced that Pakistan Railways would only allow vaccinated individuals to travel by train from October 1. Furthermore, all local and international air travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated by the end of September or they will not be allowed to travel. The shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, and wedding venues will only be accessible to fully vaccinated people from September 30.