Jammu: With setting a record of administering highest vaccination in single day, the Jammu and Kashmir has vaccinated over 89 percent of population in eligible groups and three districts vaccinated 100 % of its adult population.
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday administered record 1.78 lakh anti Covid vaccine doses to eligible beneficiaries.
The vaccination drive among the 45+ group started on January 16 while the jabs for below 45 age group commenced from June 1. So far 1, 20,47,667 doses have been administered in J&K to its adult population, including 83,14,244 first and 37,33,423 second doses have been administered to J&K residents so far.
The highest doses in a single day comes in the backdrop of the target set by the J&K government to vaccinate its entire population with at least one does by October 15. So far three districts in Jammu region including Ramban today and Samba and Poonch have already vaccinated its entire adult population. While Jammu with over 95 % coverage, Doda with 94% and Reasi with 93.5% coverage are likely to achieve the feet in next few days.
Congratulating health care professionals in J&K for administering the record doses, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in a Tweet said-Highest ever vaccination in J&K UT today. 1.78 lakh doses administered. Congratulations to the health workers, doctors and DCs for their tireless effort. Stay masked, get vaccinated, stay safe.
Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta in a meeting couple of days back had impressed upon all the district administrations to mobilise all resources towards universal vaccination of eligible group, including initiating door to door campaigns or week long campaigns, if necessary, to saturate all the eligible population in all districts with first dose by October 15.
They were advised to utilize the manpower from the blocks/areas where saturation has already been achieved for dedicated vaccination drives in the left-out areas during the upcoming week while ensuring that the process of second dose vaccination does not suffer. The Health and Medical Education Department was asked to ensure regular supply of vaccines to the districts, besides enhancing testing facilities and adequately equipping them with resources so that any increase in COVID infections is identified in the nick of time and the likelihood of third wave is stymied.
The department was further advised to reassign some of the staff from the Control Rooms to their original places of posting or in the areas facing shortage of vaccinators as a part of staff rationalisation to cater to the increased demand of vaccination in view of target dates for completion of vaccination.
In Ramban 45 percent of adults have taken both the doses. Chief Medical Officer, Ramban, Dr. Mohammad Freed Bhat informed that total 311883 Covid-19 vaccination doses including 2,15, 180 as first dose have been administered to people in 18+ age group, while about 97000 adult people have taken both the doses. He further informed that they are nearing 100% coverage of 2nd vaccination doses in 45+ category, front line workers and health care workers. He informed that administration has also intensified Covid testing to track, trace and treat covid patients to prevent spread of infection.
“We have conducted door to door vaccination drives across the district besides vaccinating the many people during evening hours, who are not available in homes in day time. “Our teams also held special sessions to administer the second dose to teachers, Students, Pregnant and Lactating mothers across the district” informed the CMO. All the 20 districts in the union territory (UT) have already achieved the target of 100 per cent vaccination in the 45+ group.