Six more distts vaxed their 100% adult souls, 99 pc of 18 age group inoculated with one shot in J&K

Navneet Dubey. Updated: 10/13/2021 10:54:51 AM Front Page

Jammu: Despite the hurdles of hilly terrain and initial vaccine hesitancy, the Jammu and Kashmir is on course of achieving 100% Covid-19 vaccination coverage of its entire adult population, as on Tuesday six more districts in the Union Territory achieved the milestone-taking the total tally to 13 districts. Today, Kulgam, Pulwama, Bandipore and Gaderbal districts in Kashmir division and Jammu and Doda districts in Jammu region have achieved the feet.
As per Government Bulletin on Covid, 99.13 percent of the population above the age of 18 years has been vaccinated across Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, 1,18, 331 doses of Vaccine administered in last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of doses administered to 13, 306,893, including 92, 22, 644 first doses and 40, 84,249 people have been fully jabbed in J&K.
The vaccination drive among the 45+ group started on January 16 while the jabs for below 45 age group commenced from June 1.
According to the 2011 census, J&K’s population is 12.5 million. When the vaccination drive started in Kashmir, rumors and hesitancy among the people were the main obstacles. From roping in influencers, prominent doctors and religious leaders, authorities used all possible ways to remove vaccine hesitancy. Instead of waiting for people to vaccine centres, healthcare workers started a door-to-door vaccination drive which helped achieve desired results.
In fact six more districts including Srinagar Baramulla, Kupwara, Udhampur, Kathua and Reasi too have all achieved over 90% vaccination and likely to achieve in next couple of days. Only Kishtwar with 81 percent vaccination is lagging behind in the UT.
So far highest 17, 33, 922 doses have been administered in Jammu district, including 16,00,858 doses to adult population, 39,165 health care workers and 93,899 front line workers. 5,76, 762 souls have been fully vaccinated in Jammu, while 11,57, 635 have at least received single jab.
Couple of days back Chief Secretary while reviewing the public health response to COVID 19, had asked divisional and district administrations to redouble their efforts to ensure 100% vaccination of population over 18 years with 1st dose of COVID vaccination, within a week.
Emphasising that vaccination, among other measures, has helped bring down the positivity rate by reducing number of cases and the severity of infection, the Chief Secretary had directed the district administrations to mobilise all resources towards universal vaccination of eligible group, including initiating IEC campaigns through print and electronic media, to saturate the eligible population in all districts within a week. The districts have also been asked to give focussed attention to the population, having an overdue second dose, so that such population can be fully vaccinated at the earliest.
The UT has witnessed 4,426 deaths since the pandemic began last March. From the peak of more than 50,000 active cases in mid-May, cases have come down to 993 as of October 12.

Updated On 10/13/2021 10:55:05 AM

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