Srinagar- With an aim to protect over 3 lakh children from Coronavirus infection, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday kick-started a vaccination drive for the age group between 12 to 14 years across the Union Territory.
The Covid-19 vaccination drive started in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday coinciding with Vaccination Day, which is celebrated on March 16 across the country, an official spokesperson said.
He said that after the completion of Covid-19 vaccination of priority groups of higher age, the Health Department launched a vaccination drive for the age group between 12 to 14 years across Kashmir.
In Srinagar, he said, the vaccination drive was inaugurated by Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Abid Hussain at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) Rajbagh in presence of Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather.
“It was informed that during the drive the population of 336758 children shall be covered across Kashmir Division at 105 planned Session Sites,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, the Assistant Director, Family Welfare, Dr Masarat informed that they have a new vaccine "Corbevax" for the 12 to 14 age group to protect children from Covid-19 infection.
In Jammu division, he said, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar launched the vaccination drive at Gandhi Nagar Hospital here.
Speaking after the launch of drive, he said, Bhatnagar highlighted that as the world was gripped by a deadly pandemic this year, vaccination day holds an important significance this year.
Bhatnagar, he said, further added that Covid-19 has made everyone understand the importance of vaccines and their benefits in our lives.
“While highlighting about the significance this day, Advisor Bhatnagar said that this day is primarily celebrated with an aim to create awareness regarding effectiveness of vaccinations to prevent deadly diseases. He added that to dispel the myths regarding covid vaccine, this year’s theme vaccination day “vaccine works for all” has been framed,” the spokesperson said.
On the first day of this vaccination drive, more than 200 students were administered the Covid-19 vaccine.
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