Half of Islamabad’s eligible population fully vaccinated

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71pc of city’s residents receive at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital has become the first city to have its half population (15 years and above) fully vaccinated.

This was announced by Chairman of the NCOC, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar in a tweet on Sunday.

“Not only half of the over 2 million population of Islamabad is fully vaccinated but 71 per cent have also been administered the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine,” the minister further announced.

The minister’s tweet is in line with the current situation of coronavirus in the city as the number of new cases is steadily declining and on Sunday the city reported 270 cases during the last twenty-four hours while one casualty was reported.

Islamabad’s total number of cases after fresh entries has climbed to 102,617 while toll has reached 287, according to the Ministry of the National Health Services (NHS).

The city’s positivity rate too stands below 6 per cent (5.6 percent) according to the NHS Ministry’s portal.

Earlier, in June too, the federal capital was close to attaining the status of Covid-19 free city as the city reported 0.89 percent positivity rate.

June 16 was the second day in a row when the positivity remained less than 1 per cent in the city.

District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad also confirmed to Pakistan Observer that more than 50 per cent of the eligible population has been inoculated and the vaccination campaign is bearing fruit both in rural and urban areas of the federal capital with more and more people coming to take the jab.

If Islamabad residents show the same level of responsibility, following all the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and receiving

Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat, a day earlier issued a sealing order restricting movement in several streets of the city in view of reports of COVID-19 cases there.

According to the order, these streets will have restricted movement/controlled entry and exit w.e.f September 11, Saturday 7:00 p.m. until further order.

In all there are twenty-five streets in various sectors where the Islamabad admin has imposed restrictions and these curbs will remain enforced till further orders.

However, exemptions to this order include essential services and medicine shops, grocery stores and bakeries, patients for medical aid/consultation, rationing, drinking water supplies, utilities and emergencies and they will be regulated by the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued from time to time.

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