Coronavirus vaccinations have virtually come to a halt in Kashmir with many districts reporting zero doses administered on Saturday.
Solely 504 individuals had been vaccinated throughout 10 districts within the valley of 1.four crore of individuals. Srinagar district, residence to the capital metropolis, reported zero vaccination.
Official sources say no vaccines can be found within the area as a result of provides haven’t been replenished within the final week.
“We obtained the final provide of vaccines final Saturday. There are not any vaccines obtainable,” mentioned a senior officer, requesting to not be named.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday prolonged until Could 24 the lockdown imposed throughout the union territory after an enormous spike in COVID-19 instances and deaths.
Apart from a number of important providers, nobody is being allowed to maneuver. The restrictions had been scheduled to finish on Monday.
Roads have been barricaded and routes out and in of Srinagar metropolis have been sealed.
Numerous safety forces have been deployed throughout the area to implement the lockdown.
Restrictions had been additional tightened after the return of 1000’s of troops who had been despatched for election responsibility in West Bengal.
Jammu and Kashmir reported 3,677 COVID-19 instances and 63 deaths on Saturday, taking the tally of infections previous 2.40 lakh, whereas fatalities to three,090.
Officers say 28 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in Jammu and Kashmir. These embrace safety forces and police. Most safety personnel have obtained each doses.
Vaccination for the age group above 18 has hardly moved past symbolism in Jammu and Kashmir. There are simply two vaccination centres for these above 18 years of age throughout the union territory giving solely 300 pictures a day. This too was halted after provides stopped for the final one week.
Jammu, nevertheless, has fared higher. Round 14,000 individuals had been vaccinated on Saturday nevertheless it was far lower than common inoculation numbers.
The central authorities, which governs Jammu and Kashmir, has been broadly criticised for its vaccination coverage marked by slow-buying of doses initially resulting in the scarcity and abruptly shifting the duty on states.
Regardless of being the world’s largest vaccine maker, India has been in a position to vaccinate lower than Three per cent of its inhabitants to date and is without doubt one of the few international locations the place vaccinations usually are not free. It’s the solely nation the place the central authorities will not be shopping for all of the vaccines for its residents.