COVID-19 jab to become prerequisite for Hajj, int'l travel, says health secy

COVID-19 jab to become prerequisite for Hajj, int’l travel, says health secy

  • Parliamentary Health Secretary Dr Nausheen Hamid says a complete vaccination programme has been developed for Pakistan.
  • Explains that Pakistan has enough stock to vaccinate those who have already registered but “will definitely purchase” more if required.
  • Says “in the coming days, Hajj and international travel will not be possible without the coronavirus vaccination”.

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Vaccination against COVID-19 will likely become a prerequisite before travelling abroad, including for Hajj, Parliamentary Health Secretary Dr Nausheen Hamid said Wednesday.

Dr Hamid told Geo Pakistan hosts Abdullah Sultan and Huma Amir Shah that a complete vaccination programme has been developed and that the number of people receiving the drug vaccine “will gradually increase”.

Parliamentary Health Secretary Dr Nausheen Hamid speaks in Geo News morning show, Geo Pakistan, in Karachi, Pakistan, March 10, 2021. Geo News/via The News

The government’s health official added that Pakistan had enough stock of vaccines against the coronavirus for people already registered.

However, “if we need to buy vaccines, we will definitely purchase them”.

The coronavirus vaccines were given to countries that had complete and proper arrangements to go ahead with the campaign, Dr Hamid said, adding that Pakistan is “fully prepared, which is why the vaccine has been provided”.

Noting that the vaccination of people over 60 years of age would start from today (Wednesday), she emphasised that in the coming days, international travel without the COVID-19 jab “will be difficult”.

“In the coming days, Hajj and international travel will not be possible without the coronavirus vaccination,” she said.


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