The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday made it mandatory for people to get fully vaccinated before travelling by air, starting September 10.
The NCOC issued the fresh directives in order to ramp up vaccinations across the country amid a fourth COVID-19 wave.
It has also been decided, the NCOC said, to reduce the gap between two doses of vaccines from 42 to 28 days. “The decision was taken in consultation with health experts,” according to the NCOC.
In July, the NCOC had declared COVID-19 vaccination certificates mandatory for domestic air travel from August 1 but to expedite vaccinations the government has now restricted air travel to only fully vaccinated individuals.
After September 10, a partial vaccination certificate will not be permissible.
Prior to this, the NCOC had also barred unvaccinated people from travelling by train from October 1.
During a meeting held on Monday under the chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, the forum expressed satisfaction over the vaccination process across the country.