Vaccine To Reach J&K In Next 10 Days: Govt

 Advisor Bhatnagar reviews arrangements for implementation of COVID-19 vaccination plan

Jammu: The much awaited coronavirus vaccine will reach Jammu and Kashmir in next ten days and will be administered in the first phase to 28 lakh people in the Union Territory, including healthcare workers, government forces, middle-aged people and the persons with co-morbidities.

The details about the arrival of the vaccine in J&K, were shared in a meeting chaired by LG’s Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar here on Monday, an official spokesperson said. The meeting was convened to review the arrangements for smooth implementation of Covid-19 vaccination plan in J&K.

The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo; Mission Director NHM, Bhupinder Kumar; Managing Director JK Medical Supplies Corporation, Dr.Yashpal Sharma; Director Health Services Jammu, Dr.Renu Sharma and other concerned officials of the department while as State Immunization Officer, Dr.Qazi Haroon and other officials participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

Speaking during the meeting, the official spokesperson said, Advisor Bhatnagar directed the officials for effective planning beforehand, and compiled the database of potential vaccinators, prioritized groups of beneficiaries to be administered the vaccine in its initial stages well in advance so that no bottlenecks are faced during vaccination drives.

The Advisor, he said, directed the officials that a robust mechanism should be put in place for smooth transportation of vaccines and asked them to prioritize the transportation arrangements for hilly as well as snow bound areas.

“To effectively deliver the vaccines at the grass-root level, Advisor Bhatnagar impressed upon the officers that inter-sectoral convergence between the frontline workers of various departments including health, social welfare, school education, rural development, and housing and urban development is must for the successful implementation of COVID-19 vaccination plan,” he said.

Highlighting the need for maintaining an open and transparent communication with the public to curb misinformation and rumours, Bhatnagar, as per the official spokesperson asked the officials to launch Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities on mass scale so that timely and effective information reaches out to public.

He also asked the department to develop a robust database to assess auxiliary requirements such as additional cold chain equipment and waste bags for bio-medical waste management and prepare plans for cold chain installation sites.

In the meeting, the official spokesperson said, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education informed that the vaccine will be available in next 10 days besides communication strategy as per the MoHFW guidelines has already been finalized.

“He further informed the Advisor that district level trainings have already been imparted and required workforce has been prepared for effective implementation of the vaccination plan,” he said.

Giving detailed presentation on the occasion, Director Health Services Jammu, as per the official spokesperson, informed the meeting that under phase-1 around 28 lakh persons will be vaccinated starting from healthcare workers both in government and private establishments, frontline workers including revenue officials, Anganwadi workers, armed forces, home guards, police, volunteers, municipal workers, etc, prioritized age group of persons above the age of 50 years and persons with co-morbidities.

“Director Health Services further informed the meeting that 586 cold chain points have been established for vaccine storage besides sufficient vaccine carriers have been made available for transportation of vaccines for the first phase,” he said.

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