On Friday, Pakistan’s Punjab province threatened to cut off the telephone network for people who refuse to receive a vaccine against the Corona virus, in a country that has immunized a very small percentage of its population against “Covid-19”.
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slowing down of vaccination
While the third wave of Corona infections has begun a stabilization phase in Pakistan after weeks of restrictions, a slowdown in the demand for vaccination is recorded in Punjab, the most populous province in Pakistan.
“At first, it was just a suggestion, but given the actual reluctance of people, we decided to act,” Punjab Health Service spokesman Hammad Raza said.
Reda indicated that the Government Communications Authority must decide how to implement this measure.
About 10.5 million doses of vaccine were given in this country – which has a population of 220 million people – with external support, especially from China.
However, the vaccination campaign recorded a noticeable slowdown due to fears of side effects and the spread of misinformation about vaccines causing sterility or even death in the following two years.
“The level of education in Pakistan is very poor, and some are spreading rumors and misinformation,” Salman Haseeb, head of the Young Doctors Association of Pakistan, told AFP.
However, this threat to cut off the telephone network resonated negatively in Lahore, and Saima Bibi – a domestic worker in Lahore – said, “It will be difficult for me not to be able to use my phone, but I am really afraid of the vaccine.”
And the teacher in Rawalpindi Farwa Hussain – who received the first dose of the vaccine – considered that “people cannot be forced to receive the vaccine, this makes me cautious.”
With the aim of encouraging the population to be vaccinated, the authorities are promoting the benefits of this step, including allowing them to again go to cinemas, parties and religious events, promising to lift restrictions on companies and stores as soon as the vaccination rate in any region reaches 20%.
Pakistan officially recorded 21,500 deaths from “Covid-19”, but the actual number may be much higher due to the lack of tests.