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Sindh seeks making vaccination cards obligatory for banks, postal services

The NCOC has already announced getting vaccinated is mandatory. (Source: NADRA)

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Sunday recommended making the COVID-19 vaccination certificate mandatory for people to continue enjoying banking and post office services.

The Sindh government has forwarded the recommendation to the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) to further tighten the restrictions to curb the COVID-19 spread by expediting the vaccination process.

In the letter, the health department of Sindh has requested the NCOC to direct bankers and post office staff to offer services to only vaccinated citizens and refuse services to those who fail to show vaccination certificates.

The health department separately wrote to the home department to ensure that vaccination certificates be made an obligatory part of the enforcement of COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued for restaurants and hotels.

Under the standard operating procedures (SOPs), citizens who are not in possession of vaccination certificates must not be allowed to dine-in at restaurants or stay at hotels.

Earlier, the NCOC has made vaccination certificates mandatory across the country for various services. Unvaccinated people in Lahore were to be denied petrol starting September 1 and people travelling via the motorway were also asked by motorway police to keep their vaccination certificates handy.

Unvaccinated people will not be allowed to use public transport from October 15 and vaccination will be mandatory after September 30 for domestic air travel. Furthermore, unvaccinated people will not be allowed to enter shopping malls from August 31 and from September 30.

For hotels and restaurants, from August 31, people with one vaccine shot will be allowed, whereas, from September 30, both shots will be mandatory to access hotels and restaurants.