68% Adult Population In J&K Given Second Vaccine Dose

Srinagar: After completing 100 percent first dose vaccination of all above 18 years of age, the health department in Jammu and Kashmir has managed to give a second jab to over 68 percent of the population, officials said.

As per the data, Srinagar district where over 83 percent population has been given second dose is leading in Kashmir valley while the Poonch district with over 86 percent people have been given second dose of vaccination is leading in Jammu division.

As per the data, the estimated population above 18 in J&K is 9,303,842 which is about 66 percent of the total population and all have been given first dose while 6,318,030 (68 percent) have been given second dose in J&K.

In Srinagar out of 938,065 persons above 18 years of age 782,825 (83 percent) have been given second dose and in Kulgam of 398,001 persons above 18 years of age 242,327 (61 percent) have been given second.

In Shopian 63 percent, Bandipora 57 percent, Anantnag 64 percent, Baramulla 70 percent, Kupwara 66 percent, Pulwama 67 percent, Ganderbal 65 percent and Budgam 66 percent have been given second dose of vaccination so far in Kashmir division.

In Jammu division, 61 percent in Jammu, 56 percent in Kishtwar, 64 percent in Doda, 68 percent in Udhampur, 67 percent in Kathua, 78 percent in Ramban, 67 percent in Samba, 66 percent in Rajouri, 86 percent in Poonch and 76 percent in Reasi have been given second dose.

Keep Track Of 'Fake Vaccination Certificates': DG Immunization To Deputy Officials

The Director General Family welfare, MCH and Immunization Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday directed all deputy Chief Medical Officers of J&K to scrutinize the data and to take utmost care while vaccinating people so that no one gets a fake vaccination certificate.

"It has come to our notice through individual complaints/LG's Grievances cell that fake vaccination certificates are generated without individuals actually getting vaccinated which is a very serious matter. Time and again, it has been stressed upon in various meetings (offline/virtual) to keep the track of any such issues and avoid wrong entries," reads the order issued by Dr Saleem Ur Rehman, Director General Family welfare, MCH and Immunization J&K.

The order further states that furthermore, it has also come to the notice of the undersigned that few districts in the UT are having exceptionally high second dose coverage of Covid vaccination, contradictory to the expected coverage of taking the standard 85 and 28 days for Covishield and Covaxin respectively.

“It is noted that if this trend of current daily vaccination rate continue, these districts are going to achieve 100 percent second dose coverage, earlier than expected dates. This warrants a deep dive into the vaccination practices and careful analysis of the situation down to the Covid vaccination Centre level,” the order further states. “The district are directed to analyze their data and find out the pitfalls and appraise the Directorate with reasons and corrective actions taken, within two days positively."

The order further reads that, "In this matter, it is once again directed to scrutinize your data and instruct the vaccination team, especially verifiers, to take utmost care to verify only those who are getting vaccines at the Vaccination Centers. Any deviation in this matter shall be dealt strictly with appropriate penal and disciplinary action."

It is pertinent to mention that several residents across Kashmir have complained of receiving fully vaccinated status certificates without ever receiving the shots.

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