The Punjab government on Thursday decided to block the SIM cards of people refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, an official said.
The step was among several decisions taken by the provincial government to control the spread of Covid-19 and speed up the vaccination process, including opening walk-in vaccination for all adults from June 12.
"Final decision has been taken to block the mobile SIM cards of people not getting vaccinated," Punjab Specialised Healthcare Department spokesman Syed Hammad Raza said.
Vaccinated people will be allowed to go to cinema halls and restaurants and marriage halls will be opened.
People suffering from terminal illnesses like HIV/AIDS and cancer will now be vaccinated on priority, according to the spokesperson.
Residents of Punjab can contact the toll-free 1033 helpline for complaints or queries regarding vaccination.
The provincial government had started vaccination in the first week of March to achieve the target by the end of 2021. »