A 12-day special anti-covid vaccination campaign will be launched across the province including in Rawalpindi from October 25. Citizens aged 12 years and above will be vaccinated against the virus.
The campaign will be launched under the Reach Every Door (RED) initiative. In this regard, the District Disease Surveillance and Response Unit of District Health Authority Rawalpindi conducted a virtual workshop titled ‘RED Covid Vaccination Drive Initiative’ for general practitioners in the Rawalpindi district. During the virtual event, every member of society including doctors were urged to play their role to make this drive a success to get rid of the virus. Director Health Services Rawalpindi Division Dr Khalid Mehmood, CEO Health Dr Faiza Kanwal, and District Health Officer (DHO) (Preventive Services) Dr Ehsan Ghani addressed the workshop.
They said that the combined efforts coupled with mass vaccination led to the decline in the number of coronavirus cases in Rawalpindi as the positivity ratio plummeted to 1.06 in October from 7.6 per cent in September. They said that the highest number of people have so far been vaccinated against the coronavirus in Jhelum and Rawalpindi districts. “Keeping in view the coming winter months and an upsurge in respiratory diseases associated with cold weather, it has become an ideal time to get the entire community vaccinated so that the threat of an outbreak can be kept at the minimum,” said Divisional Surveillance Coordinator for Communicable Diseases Dr Waqar Ahmad.
He said that the Directorate of Health Service Punjab has put in place all arrangements to launch the door-to-door campaign to contain the spread of the lethal virus. Dr Ehsan Ghani said that micro-planning at the union council level had been made by district health management teams. Ghani said that the eligible population for vaccination in the district was 4.2 million and of it, 45 per cent had already been fully vaccinated, while 3.1 million citizens had been inoculated with at least one dose.
During the special 12-day drive, 1.1 million citizens will be vaccinated and 210 fixed centres had been set up at every union council. During the campaign, 410 outreach teams will go to every household in the district to advocate, assist and mobilise the citizens to get the vaccine. The campaign could save the lives of thousands of people, he said
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