What happened: This decision is part of the other precautionary measures that the provincial government has taken to curb the spread of Covid-19. This step was discussed in a high-level meeting chaired by Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid. It came after the drastic measure taken by the Sindh government to cut the salaries of government employees that have refused the vaccine. Other things decide in this meeting include giving priority to terminally ill and immunocompromised individuals for the vaccine. Setting up mobile vaccination camps outside major shrines.
Covid-19 and the Punjab government: The pace of covid vaccination in Punjab was previously slower compared to the rest of the country. However, swifts steps have been taken and the government has vaccinated 4.2m out of its 67m population within 2 months. The provincial government aims to fully open up businesses in all districts where at least 20% of the population is vaccinated and is aiming to allow those vaccinated to go out to cinemas, restaurants, and weddings.
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