The Punjab government has decided to take innovative measures to speed up corona vaccination across the province and pondered on various proposals including door-to-door and drive-through vaccination in districts.
Provincial Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid chaired a meeting that was attended by Punjab Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, administrative secretaries of the health department, and senior civil and military officials along with all deputy commissioners via video link.
Punjab government has revised a target of vaccinating 430,000 people daily in the province. The Lahore Division has been given the target of inoculation of 97,000 people (including 60,000 in Lahore District), DG Khan 12,000, and Bahawalpur 25,000 people daily. Similarly, the daily target has been set at 21,000 for the Sargodha division, 59,200 for Rawalpindi, 18,500 for Sahiwal, 44,400 for Multan division, 77,700 for Gujranwala, and 74,000 for Faisalabad.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid said that as per the guidelines of the NCOC, the targets fixed must be met in all cases. She said that besides 677 centers, 223 mobile vaccination camps have also been set up for the convenience of people. She remarked that lady health workers are a very useful human resource and can play an important role in the corona vaccination process. She mentioned that the process of recruitment of vaccinators would be completed soon to meet the shortage of human resources.
The Chief Secretary said that administrative officers should use their creativity skills to speed up the inoculation. He said that vaccination is also being carried out in Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, and other districts through mobile health units, adding that these facilities are helping administer the vaccine to people of remote areas. He said that the performance regarding newly set targets would be reviewed regularly. The Chief Secretary also sought a report from the deputy commissioners on the strategy for vaccination prepared by the task forces set up in the districts.