COVID-19: Jammu and Kashmir rolls out vaccination drive of 18-45 age group in phased manner

The COVID-19 vaccination drive kickstarted in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Saturday at Shri Maharaj Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital for the folks between age group of 18-45 years. All eligible residents have been requested to get themselves registered as walk-ins are usually not allowed but.

This comes a day after the administration stated the third section of the inoculation drive is not going to start in the union territory from May 1 because it was awaiting vaccine provide.

“Jammu and Kashmir will roll out the vaccination of the 18-45 age group against COVID-19 from May 1 in a phased manner beginning with Jammu and Srinagar,” the Department of Information and Public Relations had stated on Twitter on Saturday.

“COVAXIN will be administered to this age group free of cost. It will be by *prior registration and prior appointment only.* Please do not crowd the vaccination centres without an appointment,” it stated.

Ajaz Asad, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, whereas speaking to the media on the sidelines of the launching of the drive, stated {that a} complete of ten designated facilities have been arrange by the district administration the place the folks above the age of 18-45 might be vaccinated.

The designated facilities embody sub centre Natipora, UPHC Nishat, SMHS hospital, SKIMS Soura, G B Pant hospital, Boys Secondary School NIT, Miranda School Chinkral Mohalla, Community corridor, well being centre Miskeen Bagh and Government greater Secondary School Batamaloo.

Authorities might be rising the quantity of designated centres quickly. Authorities have requested folks to get themselves registered on Co-Win portal, as no one might be vaccinated till and until they get registered.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar stated that there isn’t any scarcity of vaccine and the quantity of folks getting vaccinated is greater in Srinagar than different districts of the Union Territory. “The Covishield has arrived in ample quantity and there is no shortage,” he stated.

On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir recorded its largest single-day leap of 3,532 COVID-19 circumstances and 30 fatalities that pushed its tally to 1,76,079 and dying toll to 2,283, in line with officers.

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