Islamabad becomes first city with 50pc of eligible population fully vaccinated

Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital has become the first city of Pakistan with 50 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated.

This was announced by Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiative Asad Umar in a tweet on Tuesday.

Asad Umar who is also Chairman of the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan’s nerve centre to monitor coronavirus situation in the country, said Islamabad with 50 per cent of its eligible population vaccinated is leading the rest of the cities as Rawalpindi and Peshawar come next with 35 per cent of their populations vaccinated.

District Health Officer (DHO) of Islamabad Dr Zaeem Zia meanwhile said 3,492 tests for Covid-19 were conducted in the last twenty-four hours.

Against these tests, 251 tested positive thus Covid-19 positivity rate surged to 7.19 per cent in the city, he revealed.

Dr Zaeem Zia reminded all those who were still reluctant in getting vaccinated that by receiving shots, they could make their life normal.

He dismissed the rumours that Covid-19 vaccine in any way caused infertility among men and women or it was not advisable for pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers to receive vaccine shots.

Covid-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women and feeding mothers, he stressed and added it rather helped protect the baby and the mother.

Covid-19 vaccine has also helped in elimination of smallpox and other viral diseases, he said.

In the United States and the United Kingdom where more than 90 per cent populations have been vaccinated, life is now returning to normalization, said Dr Zaeem Zia adding in Pakistan too, the only way to return to normalization is vaccination.

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