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J&K expects first batch of COVID19 vaccine today

First shot to be given at SKIMS Soura; 2.5 lakh vaccines procured

ZEHRU NISSA

 

Srinagar, Jan 10: J&K is expecting to
receive 2.5 lakh doses of COVID19 vaccines on Monday. The first batch will be administered to the healthcare workers here.

The drive for administering the vac-
cine will start at Srinagar and Jammu on 16 January.Financial Commissioner
(FC) Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo said the department has done the
ground work and mock drills have been completed success-fully.

“We are awaiting our first batch now to start vaccination in line with the nationwide
drive planned on 16 January,” he said.
The FC said that 2.5 lakh doses of the vaccine were arriv-
ing to cater to 1 lakh healthcare workers, whose database
had already been prepared and shared with the Union
health ministry. Two doses of vaccine would be adminis-
tered to each recipient at an interval of 28 days.
He said that it had been ‘indicated’ that Covishield manu-
factured by Serum Institute of India for Astra-Zeneca will
be sent for the first vaccination drive here.
State Immunization Officer, Dr Qazi Haroon said that
the vaccines were ‘on the way’ and would reach the central
storage site here tomorrow.
He said LG Manoj Sinha would kick start the drive on
16 January at Jammu, simultaneously, the first shot in
Kashmir division would be administered at SKIMS Soura.
He said that J&K Government had started preparing a data-
base of frontline workers, other than healthcare workers
and the same would be ready soon. “It would include police
and security forces among others,” he said.
Dr Haroon said more supply of vaccines would arrive
in coming weeks which would be used to vaccinate “this
lot” as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare.
The decision to start the vaccination drive was taken at
a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Saturday. The first phase of the drive will cover
30 crore people.
J&K health department has identified manpower for the
mega-vaccination drive and they, Dr Haroon said, have
been trained to carry out the exercise as per the protocol
laid down for the process.
As per a government official, 5513 vaccinators have
been deployed across the two divisions. The vaccine will
be stored at 610 cold storage points, while 3412 vaccination
sites have been designated. To ensure smooth supply, 79
vehicles have been deployed exclusively for transportation
of the vaccine across the 20 districts.

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