Poonch first district in J&K to fully vaccinate entire eligible population: Govt

‘Srinagar at 95%, aggressive efforts on’
A health worker administering COVID-19 vaccine dose to an elderly in Kashmir.
A health worker administering COVID-19 vaccine dose to an elderly in Kashmir.GK File

Srinagar: Poonch has become the first district in J&K to achieve full vaccination of its target population aged 18 plus years, the government said Saturday.

Additional Chief Secretary J&K Government (Health and Medical Education), Vivek Bhardwaj said that J&K was “adopting innovative approach” to achieve full vaccination of all eligible age groups across districts.

He said district Srinagar had achieved full vaccination of people aged 18 years plus.

“Everyone aged above 18 years in Poonch has taken both doses of the vaccination. The saturation in districts like this gives confidence to the Department of Health and we are progressing well elsewhere,” Bhardwaj said.

He said in Srinagar, 95 percent of the eligible population had taken the second dose while there was saturation of the first dose already, he said.

Bhardwaj said that the vaccination was the priority of the government as a COVID-19 mitigation measure.

About the Omicron threat, he said vaccination was one of the major strategies that the government had focused on, in addition to increasing the number of tests to detect more cases in time.

“We have more than 55,000 tests every day and this is followed by aggressive tracking,” Bhardwaj said.

As per the Department of Health, Family Welfare, and Immunisation, the target population of Poonch district was 3.6 lakh.

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