In the latest update, the Sindh government has written a letter to the National Command Operation Center (NCOC) proposing to block Whatsapp and Facebook of those who have not yet gotten vaccinated.
The decision was reached after the meeting of the Corona Task Force after regretting the rise in Covid cases. The proposed plan will have four stages, with the Whatsapp and Facebook ban being stage one. The second stage will see a total social media ban, with the final stage resulting in blocked sim cards.
Read More: Sindh in lockdown as gov’t closes all educational institutions amid COVID peak
Karachi (July 23rd, 2021): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presides over a meeting of Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus at CM House. pic.twitter.com/wVHLdTEJYa
— Sindh Chief Minister House (@SindhCMHouse) July 23, 2021
The Punjab government first put forward the idea with its official Twitter account stating that citizens who refused to get their Covid vaccination jabs would have their mobile services blocked.
“Mobile SIMS of people not getting vaccinated may be blocked, it was decided in Cabinet meeting under the chair of Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid at Civil Secretariat. The government will open walk-in vaccination of over 18 years of age group.”
Read More: Punjab government threatens to block non-vaccinated citizens’ sim cards
Mobile SIMS of people not getting vaccinated may be blocked, it was decided in Cabinet meeting under the chair of Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid at Civil Secretariat. The government will open walk-in vaccination of over 18 years of age group. pic.twitter.com/VXJWAWGzkd
— Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department (@PSHDept) June 10, 2021
The Sindh government’s initiative shows much positivity, with different stakeholders in the country starting to take the pandemic threat much more seriously. However, it is still to be seen how effective the measure is and whether the government intends to follow up its claims.
Pakistan’s investment in vaccine procurement is commendable, but the people have so far been hesitant to get the doses. However, this is nothing new for a country still struggling with getting its people vaccinated against polio.
Read More: New restrictions for tourists amid fourth COVID-19 wave in Pakistan
For Pakistan to achieve the health standards set by the WHO, the country needs to get most, if not all, of the population vaccinated. This will not only aid in cross-country travel but help resume tourism in the country.