Pakistan is expected to spend more than a billion dollars next fiscal year to import COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate nearly 100 million people. Troubled, anti-vaccine groups are growing across the country and preventing some from getting the vaccine. In response, a local government in Pakistan has a new weapon in the chest of its war against vaccine skepticism: disabling SIM cards on the mobile phones of people who refuse to jab.
Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid decided on Thursday at a meeting of the Punjab provincial government and military officials that anyone who refuses the COVID-19 jab will have SIM cards. disabled at “a specific time.”
“We are doing everything to force people to be vaccinated… The government will not allow individuals, who do not want to be vaccinated, to endanger the lives of those who have already been vaccinated,” Rashid said. He added that a timeline from when someone denies the jab of denying the SIM card will be released once the new move receives formal approval from the National Command and Operation Center, which oversees the Pakistan’s national response to COVID-19.
After the meeting, the Primary and Secondary Health Department of Punjab tweet: “Mobile SIMS of unvaccinated people could be blocked, it was determined at the Cabinet meeting under the chairman of the Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid of the Civil Secretariat. The government will open walk-in vaccination which the group is over 18 years old. ”
There is no word on when the SIM card lock will start.
However, provincial officials announced that the plan is underway;
“Final decision was taken to block mobile SIM cards of people who have not been vaccinated,” said department spokesman Syed Hammad Raza of Pakistan. It’s dawn newspaper.
Critics say the new move in Punjab is a dangerous move by the government.
“This is a step that is changing because it affects the right to freedom of expression of citizens. What is needed is to raise awareness about vaccination, and not coercion,” said Prasanth Sugathan, legal director of the Software Freedom Law Center at India, speaking to The National.
“During a pandemic, mobile phones are essential so that people can connect with others and receive information,” Sugathan said.
In addition to SIM card restrictions, those who do not allow vaccination may also be restricted from restaurants, malls, and parks.
It’s never stupid, and imagine if a liberal -run U.S. area took refuge with no jab, no phone move – people would lose their minds and maybe rebel.
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