Jammu: In a significant development Jammu and Kashmir may join the list of states facing vaccine shortage, the vaccination against the deadly infection COVID-19 has been temporarily suspended in district Rajouri of Jammu and Kashmir as the administration is awaiting supplies.
The district Rajouri is first in J&K to face shortage and suspend vaccination temporarily,” an official said.
“The vaccination has been temporarily suspended district as the administration fails to meet the requirement in absence of non-arrival of new stock,” the report published in Amarujala claimed .
The reports further said that the Health Department Rajori has taken up the matter with Deputy Commissioner Rajori and sought fresh stock of vaccines.
“3075 people were vaccinated on Friday in the district. Out of which 2978 (over 45 years of age) were given the first dose and others were given the second dose,” an official said.
At the same time, 1898 samples were also collected at different places in the district, including 876 RATs and 1022 RT-PCRs. 9 of these people have been found infected.
The vaccination drive was started in the month of January. So far, more than 53000 beneficiaries have been administered with dose throughout the district. “Which includes more than 8000 health care workers, about 14000 frontline workers and over 30700 people (60 – 45 years old),” the official said.
The district has received more than 1 lakh doses of vaccine so far.
CMO Rajori Dr Shamim Bhatti told Amarujalla that vaccination has been temporarily suspended in the district at present due to non-availability of covid vaccine. He added the vaccination will resumed soon after the supply.
It is pertinent to mention here that, several states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, are facing a shortage of Covid-19 vaccine and have sought immediate assistance from the Centre. India is currently witnessing the second wave of the pandemic and reported more than 140,000 new infections on Saturday, the highest single-day spike ever since the beginning of the pandemic.
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