Asad Umar stresses on vaccination amid fears of Omicron variant spread in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD – National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) chairman Asad Umar on Monday urged people to get fully vaccinated at the earliest in order to avoid the new variant of coronavirus, Omicron.

Addressing a press conference flanked by Special Assistant on Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan, he warned that Omicron, which first emerged in South Africa, is spreading fast across the globe and it will inevitably come to Pakistan.

Umar said that the NCOC has taken some decisions regarding the highly contagious new variant, adding : “We have only a few weeks to reduce threats”.

He stressed that vaccination is the only way effective way to protect against Omicron. “We cannot stop the spread of new variant but can reduce its effects by adopting preventive measures,” he added.

The federal minister further stated that the individual at high-risk of contracting the virus will be administered a booster jab.

He also announced that Covid testing will be increased and vaccination campaign will be boosted to avoid any adverse effects of the new variant.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Faisal Sultan said that new variant spread fast in the areas where people are not vaccinated.

He also urged the people to follow SOPs to minimize the spread of new variants.

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