Govt Calls For Quick Vaccination As Cases Spike

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Jammu: As coronavirus cases continue to show an upward trend in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory administration on Thursday said that it was ramping up capacity to administer 3 lakh vaccine doses per day and urged people to get vaccinated quickly.

Chairing the third meeting of UT Steering Committee here to review the progress of vaccination drives that were rolled out in January 2021, the Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam urged people to participate in the vaccination drives and get vaccinated on priority to keep themselves and their families safe from the infection, an official spokesperson said.

Administrative Secretaries of the departments of Health & Medical Education, Home, Housing & Urban Development, Information, Youth Services & Sports, School Education, Tribal Affairs, besides Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), Director, SKIMS, and Principal GMC Jammu participated in the meeting.

In the meeting, the official spokesperson said it was informed that Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) in Jammu and Kashmir were being gradually enhanced to 3034 including 34 private centres.

“All the CVCs will be connected through 873 cold chain points with a total vaccine storage capacity of more than 50 lakh doses and vaccination capacity of 3 lakh doses per day. The vaccines are being administered free of cost at all government CVCs and at private centres against the payment of Rs. 250 per dose,” he said.

At the centres, he said, vaccination slots are being proportioned to accommodate reserved appointments of COWIN registered beneficiaries, 2nd dose beneficiaries and open/walk-in beneficiaries on a day-to-day basis.

The official spokesperson further said that the meeting was informed that so far 77% of healthcare workers, 78% of front line workers, and 12.28% of elderlies and co-morbid patients, totalling 4,39,910 people have been vaccinated in J&K with no reported case of extreme adversity.

“And arrangements have also been put in place for on-spot registration and administration of vaccination to the remaining health care workers and frontline workers, yet to be vaccinated,” he said.

To effectively deliver the vaccines at the grass-root level, the official spokesperson said that the Chief Secretary impressed upon greater coordination between the frontline workers of various departments including health, social welfare, school education, rural development, and housing and urban development.

“The Chief Secretary also emphasized the need of evolving a multi-sectoral response to the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine by involving NGOs, NCC, and other volunteers, besides maintaining open and transparent communication through a proactive IEC strategy to curb misinformation and rumors,” he added.

140 New Cases In J&K, 1 Death

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 140 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the tally to 1,28,097, while one more person succumbed to the pathogen, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 25 were from the Jammu division and 115 from the Kashmir division, officials said.

Srinagar district recorded the highest 75 cases, followed by 20 in Jammu district.

Seven districts did not report any fresh cases, 10 other districts had cases in single digits.

The number of active cases was 1,073 in the union territory, while 1, 25,046 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.

The death toll is 1,978 as one fresh death was reported from Kashmir Valley, they added.

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