Sindh will ease coronavirus restrictions if people get vaccinated: Pechuho

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KARACHI: (Staff Reporter) Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho on Thursday said despite the efforts of the government, people are still hesitant to get themselves vaccinated. The health minister, addressing a press conference in Karachi, said Sindh would ease restriction once people start getting themselves inoculated. Dr Pechuho said all members of the national and provincial assemblies have been inoculated for the coronavirus vaccine. “The coronavirus positivity ratio in Karachi is still above 11%,” Dr Pechuho said, adding that Sindh is yet to see an improvement in this regard. “Hospitals are still receiving coronavirus positive patients.” She added that Sindh has mandated all provincial government employees to get inoculated against the virus. Speaking about the COVID-19 restrictions which are in place across Sindh at the moment, Dr Pechuho said restrictions would only be eased when people will start getting themselves vaccinated. “People aged 30 and above can now go to walk-in vaccination centres, while people aged 19 to 29 can now get themselves registered for the vaccine.” Shedding light on the arrangement that Sindh is making to inoculate people, Dr Pechuho said that the government has started negotiating with industrialists. “We are also planning to vaccinate people at home, while a mobile vaccination service will also be launched soon,” the health minister said, adding that the government has set a target of inoculating more than 18 million people within three months. Dr Pechuho said that 17.26 million of Sindh’s population comprises people aged 30 and below, while 1.5 million people have so far been vaccinated. Dr Pechuho also spoke about the rumours surrounding the coronavirus vaccine. “The man who spread rumours about people dying within two years of vaccination was foolish,” Dr Pechuho said. “If anyone witnesses side effects of the vaccine, then there are medicines to cure that.” The health minister said that Sindh has asked the Centre to ensure an uninterrupted supply of vaccines to the province. Taking a jibe at those who have criticised the government’s decision to impose coronavirus restrictions in the province, Dr Pechuho said it is wrong to say that the move is equivalent to “economic murder.” “Shops are open, while people are regularly shopping online,” she said. “We didn’t have to impose a curfew in the province.” The minister also said that COVID-19 did not spread in Sindh like it did in some other countries.

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