Vaccination targets must be met to avoid fifth Covid wave: Asad

ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) head Asad Umar warned on Thursday that the Covid-19 pandemic could rear its ugly head again if the country fails to achieve its target of vaccination against the viral disease.

“To ensure there is no 5th wave of Covid, we have to meet vaccination targets set,” the planning and development minister wrote in a Twitter post.

“Otherwise, despite sharp decline in cases, we remain vulnerable if large number of people remain unvaccinated,” he said, stressing that the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine is vital for protection against the virus.

In another tweet, Asad Umar shared the names of cities that have made great progress in vaccinating its citizens.

“Best vaccination progress: Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Mirpur. Good progress: Skardu, Charsadda, Sargodha,” he wrote and added Hyderabad, Nowshera, Faisalabad, Quetta, Karachi, Mingora and Mardan need to improve their vaccination rate.

Separately, the NCOC said a total of 753,557 shots were administered on October 20, taking the total number of jabs administered since the start of the vaccination drive to 98,607,708.

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