Sunday, September 19, 2021

Covid vaccination centres to stay closed on first day of Eid


ISLAMABAD: Covid-19 vaccination centres across the country will remain closed on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha, ARY News reported, quoting sources.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the top body overseeing the country’s Covid response, decided to close vaccination centres on the first day of Eid that will fall on July 21 (Wednesday), the sources said.

The Covid-19 vaccination centres will open on the second day of Eid. The decision to keep the inoculation centres closed for just one day was made in light of people’s encouraging response to the vaccination drive, they said.

It is noteworthy that the federal government has announced a three-day holiday for Eid-ul-Adha from July 20 to 22.

The National Command and Operation Centre had recommended the federal government to extend the Eid-ul-Azha holidays. It suggested the government review its decision and announce five-day holidays on eve of Eid-ul-Azha. However, it’s suggestion was turned down.

On Tuesday, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry clarified that the federal government will not extend Eid-ul-Azha holidays.  “No change in the schedule of Eid-ul-Azha holidays as Prime Minister Imran Khan is not in favor of prolonged holidays,” he added.

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