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Covid-19: First Kashmir village to vaccinate all adults has no motorable road, internet

A remote hamlet in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, with no motorable road, has become the first village in the region to vaccinate all its adult population against Covid-19.

The credit goes to the healthcare workers whose strenuous efforts shot Weyan hamlet, with an adult population of 362, officials said.

“The village is located only 28 kilometres away from Bandipora district headquarters, but a distance of 18 kilometres has to be covered by foot as there is no motorable road,” an official of the health department said.

He said the task of vaccinating all the residents was even more difficult as the village consists of nomadic families who go to higher reaches for grazing their livestock.

“There is no internet access in the village. So it was not possible for the residents to get appointments for vaccination like the way people in urban areas do,” Bashir Ahmed Khan, Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora said while explaining the difficulty faced by the healthcare workers.

The vaccination in the village was covered under ‘J&K model’, which is a 10-point strategy to vaccinate entire eligible population at accelerated pace.

Despite initial vaccine hesitancy, Jammu and Kashmir have achieved 70 per cent vaccination in the 45+ age group, almost double the national average, the official said.

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