President gets COVID jab; urges precautions to fight third wave

ISLAMABAD, Mar 15 (APP): President Dr Arif Alvi and his spouse Begum Samina Alvi Monday got their anti-COVID vaccine here with the former urging the nation to take precautions to make the country sail through third wave of the pandemic.

The president and his spouse arrived the vaccination center at Tarlai after receiving the intimation from 1166 registration service where he had registered on February 15, this year. The couple was administered Sinopharm vaccine.

Talking to media, the president said the elites across the world had been breaking the queue to get vaccinated but in Pakistan, the government had put in place an efficient mechanism to vaccinate the people on their turn.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan also accompanied the president.

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“I think the vaccine gives further protection but we will have to take precautions of wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing unless the world fully overcomes the pandemic. Allah knows till how long we will have to do this,” he said.

Calling the COVID-19 a deadly disease, the president said it affected the elderly more than others and it could only be tackled through precautions.


The president said he found the system very easy and viewed that the mechanism of calling the people proactively had also avoided crowd at the center, though the government had sufficient stock of the medicine available.

Later on Twitter, the president expressed satisfaction over the vaccination process and urged the countrymen to get vaccinated without any hesitation.

He said the vaccination was never meant to do away with the precautionary measures rather it was meant to give further protection.
“Despite vaccination, we still have to take precautions. My dear brothers, sister, elders & young, we have to ensure that we remain successful in countering Covid-19. The government, media, ulema, and all of you have done a splendid job. Please continue,” he said.

President Alvi recalled that Imran Khan was the only leader who had resisted the call of blanket lockdown by all including experts  but he went for smart lockdown just to avert the hunger-related deaths. The idea was later endorsed globally by many others, he added.

He said the country kept the mosques opened and also observed Eid festivals with precautions and recognized the sacrifices by the doctors.

“Pakistan’s success is that… we fought the first wave, the second one and it is essential to fight the third wave too. The precaution is direly needed. Keep wearing mask. Pakistan will bring it under control,” he hoped.