Jammu: Four more districts including, Rajouri, Budgam, Bandipora and Baramulla have achieved 100% vaccination of people above 45 and above age-group with first Dose in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
With these, now eight districts in J&K have achieved this milestone. J&K has a total population of 1.25 crore as per 2011 census and till date about 48 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the entire UT, with about 54 thousand persons across different age categories getting the jab on Sunday only.
However no vaccine was administered in Jammu district on Sunday, while for the second day in row, no such drive was possible in Anantnag to vaccine shortage. A total of 14,938 people got vaccinated on Sunday in the age group above 45 years. With this, 88.41 percent of the people in this age group have been vaccinated so far. The districts of Jammu, Samba, Ganderbal and Shopian had already given the first dose to 100 percent people.
The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had fixed June 30 as a deadline for the 100% saturation of the first dose of vaccination for 45 and above age group and also directed for ensuring that 30% of the targeted population falling under 18-44 age group is inoculated with the first dose by July 15.
On Friday, LG had directed the districts with more than 90 % vaccination to cover the 100% target within 3 days. DCs and health authorities were also directed to ensure the priority age group is fully vaccinated within a week.
On Sunday, 100 percent vaccination was also done in Rajouri, Budgam, Bandipora and Baramulla districts. In Poonch district also 97.82 percent vaccination has been done. So far, 100 percent vaccination has been done in three districts in Jammu division and five in Kashmir. On the other hand, 11 health workers and 97 frontline workers also got vaccinated on Sunday. Close to 39 thousand people were vaccinated in the age group of 18-44 years.
In fact last week the Bombay High Court has asked the Union government to look at the door-to-door vaccination programme carried out successfully by Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir, and take a sound decision on its present policy that states door-to-door vaccination was not possible.