‘6 lakh kids between 12-14 years of age to be vaccinated’
Srinagar: Additional Commissioner to Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Abid Hussain and Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather on Wednesday launched Covid-19 vaccination for children between 12-14 years of age at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Rajbagh, Srinagar.
The Additional Commissioner said vaccination for children between 12-14 years is need of the hour to protect them and ensure that they are safe and go to school without any problem.
Other officials who were present on the occasion include OSD to Divisional Commissioner and Divisional Covid-19 Control Room Inchrage, Tahir Magray, epidemiologist Kashmir, Dr Talat Ghani, Assistant Director Family Welfare MCH and Immunization, Dr Masrat, DHO Srinagar, Dr Anjum, ZMO Batamaloo Dr Sameena, spokesperson DHSK, Dr Mir Mushtaq, Medical Officer CMO Office Srinagar, Dr Asifa and Principal Government Girls Higher Secondary School Rajbagh, Dr Mehmooda Khaki besides other concerned officers and officials of health department were present on the occasion.
The Director Health Services Kashmir said the children (12-14 years) will be given SARS-CoV-2 VaVaccine CorBEvax manufactured by Biological E. Lmt Telangana, India.
Giving the details about the vaccination program, spokesperson DHSK, Dr Mir Mushtaq said the targeted population of children between 12-14 years in Jammu and Kashmir is 5,99,700 of which 3,36,758 belong to the Kashmir division.
In his message, Dr MA Rather appealed to parents and the children to come forward and get vaccinated. He said it is safe for the children and it is a precautionary measure in view of any kind of outbreak.
He said they have been able to vaccinate the children 15 to 18 years in a record time that has been hailed by the government. He hoped that they will soon complete the vaccination of children between 12-14 years, for which public cooperation is essential.
The director also thanked public at large and particularly health care workers for their support and commitment for achieving the vaccination target.
Director said health care workers including doctors and paramedical staff were at the forefront to vaccinate people and it was impossible without their support.
“I appeal the people especially in the 12-14 age group to vaccinate them so that we complete this target and help contain the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
He also appealed the school heads of public and private schools, teachers and students to continue to follow Covid-19 Appropriate Behaviour and maintain social distancing.