COVID-19 vaccine to to administered in J&K in phased manner

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Jammu, December 17: COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in Jammu and Kashmir in a phased manner, firstly among one lakh health care workers, followed by nearly seven lakh frontline workers.

Disclosing this at the maiden meeting of UT level Task Force for implementation of various preparatory activities related to introduction of COVID-19 vaccine, Dr Renu Sharma, Director Family Welfare, said that phase III will cover 20 lakh beneficiaries of high risk population.  

It was informed that the COVID -19 vaccine shall be administered through COWIN Dashboard platform. Once introduced, the vaccination shall be done through pre-registration and as such no on-spot registration for vaccination shall be allowed, she added.

The meeting was chaired Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department.

Financial Commissioner impressed upon all the concerned departments in the meeting to gear up the resources and be prepared for administering introduction of COVID-19 vaccine rollout any time in near future. He directed concerned officers to get vaccination teams, constituted in their respective districts, with the provision of reserve teams. He directed them to immediately make management for assessment of logistic items including cold boxes, vaccine carriers, AEFI kits etc. required for vaccination process and undertake process for procurement. He reiterated that preparation for COVID-19 Vaccine introduction including training of manpower, IEC activities should be done on the analogy of Measeals Rubella Campaign, which has already been successfully completed in the UT of J&K. 

The meeting was also attended by  Director General (Planning) H&ME Department, Mission Director, National Health Mission J&K, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Jammu & Srinagar, Principal of Medical Colleges, Director of Health Services, Jammu/Kashmir  Director ISM J&K, Drug Controller J&K and Directors of Social Welfare, Jammu and Kashmir.