A small village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district has become the first one in India to vaccinate all its adult population against Covid19.
As per reports, the healthcare workers made a lot of efforts to vaccinate the 362 inhabitants of Weyan village located about 28 km from Bandipora district headquarters.
The vaccination in the village was covered under ‘J&K model’, a 10-point strategy to vaccinate entire eligible population at a fast pace.
Moreover, the healthcare workers had to face a lot of difficult challenges to achieve the remarkable feat of COVID19 vaccination as a distance of 18 kilometres has to be covered by foot to reach the village due to the absence of a motorable road.
The chief medical officer of Bandipora Bashir Ahmed Khan said the village consists of nomadic families, who go to higher areas for grazing their livestock.
“There is no internet access in the village. So, it was not possible for the residents to get appointments for vaccination like the way people in urban areas do,” he added.
Jammu and Kashmir has also managed to complete 70% vaccination in the 45+ age group which almost double the national average.
Yatish Yadav, media advisor to Jammu and Kashmir government, said the Union territory was raising the bar in the COVID19 vaccination drive.
“#JammuAndKashmirModel. And we thought up to now that Everest was the highest and toughest peak of Himalayas. But, some journey brings a new light, a new life. Team J&K raising the bar on vaccination drive,” Yatish Yadav tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Centre on Tuesday said 24 crore vaccine doses to states and Union territories in free of cost category and direct state procurement categories.
“Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 23,47,43,489 doses. More than 1.19 crore Covid19 vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered,” it added.