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Free Covid-19 vaccination for all adults in Kashmir only after May 20

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has issued orders for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines for undertaking vaccination of people above 18 years and the administration is expected to get supplies by May 20, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Jammu and Kashmir will provide the Covid-19 vaccine free of cost to people in the 18-45 age group, the office of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had said on Saturday.

“We have placed orders for supply of vaccines to undertake vaccination free of cost to people in the 18-45 age group. We expect to get vaccines by May 30,” Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, J&K, Atal Dulloo said.

He said 3,000 to 4,000 vaccination centres will be set up to ensure there is no rush during the vaccination drive.

We are preparing for vaccination of about 65 lakh people in the 18-45 age group from next month, a senior official said.

He said the government has vaccinated 22 lakh people in Jammu and Kashmir, which is 50 per cent of the target, so far in age groups of people above 45.

Referring to the increasing number of cases, Dulloo said the Covid-19 situation in the Union Territory is “challenging” with cases rising steadily, but there is no need to panic as there is no dearth of facilities, including oxygen beds and required medicines.

“There is a concern. The situation is challenging, as there has been a continuous increase in the cases of Covid”, he said.

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