If the current pace of vaccination continues in Jammu and Kashmir, the administration is likely to miss another deadline to vaccinate all above 45-years of age by this month-end– a timeframe set by the LG Manoj Sinha.
As per the data available, three districts in J&K which includes Jammu, Shopian and Ganderbal have already completed the 100 per cent mark in the age group, however, there are some districts that are lagging behind in the process and Kupwara district is yet to cross 50 per cent mark.
Sinha on May 16 had set a 10-day timeframe to vaccinate all above 45 years of age. However, this deadline was missed by a long margin and later June end was set as another deadline.
Officials in the health department said that in the first 20 days since the deadline was set just 10 per cent of people above 45 years have been covered and in the next 14 days authorities have to cover around 23 per cent more population.
They said that if the vaccination process will go at the same pace, the administration will definitely miss another deadline.
Figures available reveal that Srinagar and Kupwara districts have shown poor performance as just 52 per cent of people above 45 years of age have been vaccinated in the summer capital so far and just 47 per cent have been vaccinated in the Kupwara district in 45 age group.
In aggregate, 77.12 per cent of people above 45 years of age have been vaccinated in Jammu and Kashmir which means the administration will have to vaccinate 22.88 per cent of the population above 45 in the next 14 days to meet the deadline.
Top health officials said that the vaccination process is going on at full pace and they are hopeful that they will achieve the target before the deadline.
J&K Immunisation Officer Dr Shahid said that Srinagar and Kupwara districts are racing up and have done very well in the last few days.