Vaccination essential to circumvent Omicron: Asad

Written by The Frontier Post

Muhammad Asad

ISLAMABAD: Vaccination is essential for all citizens and the people must get vaccinated to circumvent the threats of the deadly Omicron, the newest variant of Coronavirus detected in several countries of the world. It was urged by the Federal Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Umar flanked by SAPM on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan during a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.

Asad Umar was of the view that the Omicron will surely come to Pakistan and the country has 2-3 weeks time to ramp up containment measures to tackle the looming challenge posed by the new variant until it arrived.

According to Umar, Omicron is highly infectious disease and spread at very high speed. He admitted that the disease can’t be stopped through any means however efforts can be made to reduce its effects by taking preventive measures.

Asad Umar said that the NCOC has decided to boost its Coronavirus testing campaign across the country particularly in high risk areas.

He informed the media that the contact tracing system would be revived to counter the latest threat of Omicron variant.

While shedding light on vaccination drive in the country, Umar said that 50 million people have been fully vaccinated so far, whereas 30 million got their first dosage. Umar told the reporters that vaccination campaign will be boosted in the days to come to avoid the disastrous effects of new variant in the country.

According to him, government is planning to initiate booster vaccine program in the wake of new emerging threats of Omicron. While speaking on the occasion, SAPM on Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the new variant is likely to effect more to those individuals who had not get vaccination yet.

Faisal urged the public to get vaccinated as early as possible and adhere to SOPs to avoid the attack of the disease. According to him, the new fast spreading virus may affect the health system in the country, while medical equipment and hospital beds may become short however government is working to deal with the matter.

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