Jammu and Kashmir health department has so far covered more than 40% of healthcare and frontline workers who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination out of a total target of 3,91,638, health officials said.
Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo said they have a total target of 3,91,638 out of which 1,60,000 have received the vaccination which makes it 40% of the total target.
He said they have started giving the second dose of vaccine to the healthcare workers. The second dose of vaccine is given 28 days after the first vaccine.
“We are aiming to cover the healthcare workers till February and for that, we have received an adequate quantity of vaccines,” he said.
Dulloo said in the third phase, the department is planning to cover 20 lakh high-risk people who are over 50 years of age and those having comorbidities.
“The vaccination for the old age people would be started in March,” he said.
Officials said the vaccination would open a new chapter in the battle against the novel coronavirus, which has killed 1951 people in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Our figures of cases are favourable as cases and deaths are going down. The situation was better,” the FC said.
Officials said the supply of vaccines would continue to come as they have targeted to vaccinate elderly people after health workers and front line workers.
As per official figures, the Health and Medical Education Department has trained around 5000 health care workers as part of training at district and block level.
In India, Rajasthan tops the figures among states as it has so far vaccinated 73% of health workers and frontlines workers followed by Odisha with 72%.