Second phase of Covid vaccination to start from March 6; elderly people with comorbidities to be inoculated
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir administration is all set to begin the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination from March 6.
High-risk groups above 50 years of age will be covered in this phase.
More than 60,000 health and frontline workers have been vaccinated without any sort of health-related complications in Jammu and Kashmir so far.
Doctors, nurses, medicos, security forces, police, municipality employees, and government officials were covered in the first phase.
Now, when the Covid-19 positive cases have recorded a sharp drop, the health department is gearing up for the second phase of the vaccination drive from March 6.
“Another phase of the vaccination will begin from March 6. It will cover the elderly people who are above 50 years of age and at risk of contracting Covid -19,” State Immunization Officer Dr. Qazi Haroon told The Kashmir Monitor.
A source said the registration for the second phase will begin very soon. “An exercise will commence very soon under which the elderly people who are of above 50 years of age will be registered. It will specially cater to high-risk groups including those who are medically comorbid,” he said.
He said Director General (Planning), Health and Medical Education, wrote to the Director SKIMS Soura, GMC Srinagar/Jammu, Director Health Services Jammu/Kashmir and Director Family Welfare to complete the vaccination of all health care workers by February 20.
“This is in accordance with the direction by the union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare. The government will have to achieve 100 percent immunization of the health care and frontline workers,” he said.
The Centre has disbursed more than Rs one crore to complete the initial phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Jammu and Kashmir.
As many as 40 centers have been designated for vaccination in the UT. Nearly 100 persons are being vaccinated on a daily basis. In Kashmir, vaccination is being carried at 20 hospitals and sub-district hospitals.
In J&K, a total of 125052 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 so far. Of whom 1945 have died so far.