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Covid-19 vaccination to begin in Kashmir on Saturday

Kashmir is all set to kick-start the first Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday. 

Health authorities said they have received 1.46 lakh Covishield doses of Covid-19 vaccine for Jammu and Kashmir out of which almost 75,000 vaccine doses have been allocated for Kashmir division.

“There are 40 vaccination sites in Jammu and in Kashmir out of which 20 are in Jammu and 20 are in Kashmir,” the authorities said.

The first doses of Covid-19 vaccine will be given to the health workers who have already registered themselves for vaccination, while in the second phase frontline workers will be vaccinated.  

Pertinently, over 1.22 lakh people have been infected by the virus in Indian-administered Kashmir so far, and close to 1915 people have died.

Authorities in Kashmir conducted many mock drills in different districts, in preparation for the vaccine rollout to understand the best way to administer the vaccine and plug loopholes in logistics and training.

State Immunisation Officer, Dr Qazi Haroon said that all arrangements have been put in place and adequate vaccines have been forwarded to all districts to start vaccination on Saturday.

Qazi said that choppers were pressed into service to take vaccines to far off places.

Officials from Jammu division said that they received 67,500 vaccines on Wednesday and accordingly they forwarded the vaccine to all the district.

A top health official from Ladakh said that they received 11,500 doses of Covishield vaccine which were equally distributed between Leh and Kargil districts.

He added that vaccine will be administered at the primary health centre for which 17 sites in Leh and 23 in Kargil have been created.

Sources said that the government of India has directed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh administrations to deliver some vaccines to central and armed healthcare workers too.

Authorities said inauguration ceremonies would be held both in Jammu and Kashmir divisions.

“In Jammu Government Medical College, Lt-Governor Manoj Sinha will be present while at SKIMS Hospital, Soura, in Srinagar, Advisor to LG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar inaugurate the proceedings,” they said.

Kashmir received the first shipment of 1.46 lakh Covi shield doses of Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and University of Oxford, manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII).

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