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J&K: Vaccination rollout for 18-45 age group to be delayed

THE JAMMU and Kashmir administration on Friday stated the Covid-19 inoculation drive for the 18-45 age group won’t take off on Might 1, till vaccine provide is established within the UT.

In a press convention late Thursday, Baseer Khan, adviser to J&Ok LG Manoj Sinha, stated J&Ok had positioned an order for 1.24 crore vaccines, among the many highest within the nation. “Our orders are greater than even Uttar Pradesh,” he stated.

In a press release on Friday, the UT administration stated: “Vaccination won’t be walk-in however solely by way of pre-registration of slots. No slots have been opened for reserving a session. Please look ahead to the announcement of the vaccination begin date for the 18-45 age group.” The date for the vaccinations for this group will probably be introduced later, the UT administration stated.

Director Common Household Welfare, MCH and Immunisation, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that inoculation for this age group will start in a phased method after Sunday. The 18-44 age group contains about 43 per cent of J&Ok’s inhabitants.

Whereas vaccinations for these aged above 45 will proceed, a number of areas throughout the UT reported shortages of vaccines on Thursday. Dr Rehman stated 80 per cent of the UT’s heathcare staff, 79 per cent Entrance Line Staff and 48 per cent of the UT’s inhabitants above 45 years of age had been vaccinated within the final 28 days.

At current, J&Ok is getting over 1 lakh vaccines each alternate day, in accordance with the administration, “some days it’s two lakhs additionally” relying on availability. The DG stated, “J&Ok was one of many first to strategy Serum Institute for vaccines and we’re additionally a precedence state for the Authorities of India, so provide won’t be a difficulty.”

Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Ok Pandurang Pole stated the UT at present has about 1,600 oxygen beds within the 20 hospitals of the province and this will probably be enhanced to 2,500 within the subsequent 5 days. He stated there are about 111 ventilator beds accessible within the valley and significant manpower can also be being employed.


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