The coronavirus vaccination drive started in Kashmir on Saturday, with nearly 2,000 healthcare workers given jabs in the Valley by the end of the day.
Forty centres — 20 each in two divisions — across Jammu and Kashmir started the vaccination drive.
A G Ahangar — the director of the SKIMS, the premier tertiary care hospital in Srinagar — received the first shot at the centre, State Immunisation Officer Qazi Haroon said.
About 4,000 healthcare workers will receive the shot in the first phase and 100 people each will be given shots at these centres, Haroon said.
A lot of doctors, including heads of institutions, several heads of departments and chief medical officers of various districts, received the jabs to boost confidence in the vaccination process, according to Haroon.
There have been doubts about India’s locally developed vaccine as the results of third phase of trail have not been made public yet.
Kashmir received on Wednesday 1.46 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine, manufactured in India by the Serum Institute. While 79,000 doses were received in Kashmir for the vaccination of nearly 60,000 healthcare workers, 67,500 vaccines were received in the Jammu division.
In the first phase of the vaccination, healthcare workers across the disputed region are being given the shots, while frontline workers will be covered in the second phase.
Indian-administered Kashmir has over 1.23 lakh coronavirus cases, while death toll due to the pandemic is 1,920. The number of active cases is around 1,400.