Vaccinate at ‘your personal danger’: Punjab’s Dr Rashid says COVID-19 vaccine precipitated ‘deaths in some nations’

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Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid speaks to the media in Lahore, Pakistan, February 1, 2021. Geo News/through The News

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Monday suggested folks to vaccinate at their “own risk”, saying there have been unwanted side effects associated to the COVID-19 vaccine, which she additionally claimed precipitated “deaths in some countries.”

Dr Yasmin Rashid clarified to the media right here in Lahore that it was not doable but to say for positive how lengthy the coronavirus vaccine remained efficient. “Research on the treatment of the coronavirus pandemic is still going on all around the world,” she stated.

“No one, even the COVID-19 patients, will be vaccinated by force. We will make the public aware of the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.

There were side effects of the vaccine to prevent against the coronavirus, the provincial health minister said. “There have been deaths as a result of COVID-19 vaccine in some nations as effectively; due to this fact, everybody can be vaccinated at their very own danger,” she noted.

Dr Rashid spoke of the coronavirus-related standard operating procedures (SOPs), saying people were repeatedly asked to fully and completely implement them. Lahore has lockdowns in 18 neighbourhoods at present, she added, noting that the number of infected patients was gradually declining.

Free COVID-19 vaccines to health workers

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) — which monitors coronavirus-related developments across Pakistan — would provide the vaccines to the entire country from Wednesday, she said.

The Punjab health minister claimed that contact-tracing in her province was much more and better than the others.

Health workers in both private and public hospitals would be given free COVID-19 vaccines, she said, adding that the first priority would be to administer the drug to those over the age of 60 and then the people above 50.

A large portion of the population would successfully be vaccinated in the next four to five months, she noted.

‘False propaganda’ about medical seats

Dr Rashid underlined that Rs10 billion worth of new equipment had been procured for the public hospitals and the PTI’s flagship universal health coverage plan would be completed by the end of the year. Punjab always played the role of a “massive brother” to other provinces, she said.

“Seats for the medical college students haven’t been decreased for any province, together with Sindh,” she added, referring to the controversies due to which students launched country-wide protests last month.

“False propaganda is being unfold a few discount within the variety of seats in medical schools,” she claimed.

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