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June 23, 2021
Pakistan: Punjab’s provincial government decides to block and disable the SIM cards of people refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Punjab government decided to block the SIM cards of people refusing vaccines, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that all Floridians who were were arrested or fined for violating mask mandates or social distancing requirements will be pardoned.
Article by RT
Punjab’s provincial government is turning to coercive measures to increase participation in its covid-19 vaccination program, after unveiling plans to disable the SIM cards of people who decline to get jabbed.
The extreme decision was made during a meeting of high-ranking civil and military officials chaired by Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid. Rashid said that the policy would disable SIM cards belonging to those who fail to get vaccinated “beyond a certain time.” “We are doing all we can to compel people to get vaccinated… The government cannot allow individuals, who do not want to get vaccinated, to risk lives of those who are already vaccinated.”
She said that the provincial government would devise a timeline for the policy’s implementation once it received formal approval from the National Command and Operation Center, which coordinates Pakistan’s national response to covid-19. Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Health Department announced the measure in a tweet detailing the outcome of the meeting: “Mobile SIMS of people not getting vaccinated may be blocked,” the department wrote.
In addition to the SIM card restrictions, authorities might also ban unvaccinated people from going to parks, restaurants and malls. Punjab isn’t the only region in Pakistan to take a more extreme approach to vaccination. In Sindh province, plans have been announced to stop the salaries of government employees who refuse to receive the jab.