An elderly woman receives COVID-19 booster shot at a vaccination centre in Karachi on Friday. Reuters
Pakistan on Friday reported nearly 1,300 cases in a single day, its highest tally in two months, with a positivity rate of 2.5%. Karachi's positivity rate rose to 10%, from 4.74% on Dec. 31.
"We have found that a sizable population of housewives are unvaccinated, and they socialise and attend weddings without face masks,” Qasim Siraj Soomro, parliamentary secretary health of the Sindh provincial government, said.
A woman receives a dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Karachi. Reuters
In contrast, the rate of vaccination among male family members who go out to work is higher than the rate among women, he added.
The provincial government's campaign will use female health workers, who have long played an instrumental role in country-wide polio vaccination campaigns in the South Asian nation.
"We plan to target clusters in urban areas and at later stage in rural areas," said the parliamentary secretary.
About 70 million people in Pakistan, or 32% of the population, have had two vaccine doses.
A girl receives a dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Karachi. Reuters
The first case of the Omicron variant was reported on Dec.13 in Karachi, and the federal government has acknowledged that a fifth pandemic has started in the country, with Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad seeing most of the cases.
The government has not yet announced new restrictions but has urged people to follow precautionary measures. The government has authorised booster doses for citizens over the age of 30 from Monday. Children over the age of 12 are being offered vaccinations at their schools.
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Crossing the four million does mark comes as result of the efforts made at the country level to contain the pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Friday.
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