SRINAGAR: The Covid vaccination drive for all above 45 years of age has commenced in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory along with the whole of India.
State Immunisation Officer Dr Shahid told the news agency KNO that vaccination for all above 45 years of age was started in J&K on Thursday and on day one, over 43 thousand people got vaccinated. On Thursday 43,364 persons were vaccinated including 21,168 from the Kashmir division and 22,198 from the Jammu division, he said
He said till date 823,781 people across J&K have been vaccinated.
Dr Renu Sharma, Director Health Services Jammu said that on the directions of the Government of India, Covid vaccination for all above 45 with or without comorbidity are eligible for COVID vaccination.
She requested people not to lower the guard and continue following protocol in letter and in spirit as various areas of India are witnessing a steep spike in positive cases.
There is no vaccination shortage and people are requested to cooperate with the health authorities, she said, adding that as per earlier guidelines, the second dose was to be given after four weeks but now as per new guidelines the second dose is to be given in between 6-8 weeks after getting 1st shot.