Pakistan’s Punjab province tells citizens to get jabbed or have their SIM card blocked

Aadil Times - June 12, 2021 at 2:39 PM

The government of Pakistan’s Punjab region has a new weapon up its sleeve in the fight against vaccine hesitancy: blocking the mobile service of anyone who refuses to get jabbed.

As reported by local newspapers , and confirmed by the Punjab health authority, those who swerve the COVID-19 vaccine may find their mobile SIM “blocked” in response.

The move has come at a crucial juncture for Punjab’s vaccine rollout, with shots now available to those over the age of 18.

Vaccine hesitancy is a major concern for the Pakistani government.

When looking at the wider public, the number of people who say they would not accept a jab jumps to nearly 30 per cent, according to a survey fielded between December 2020 and January 2021.