After Remdesivir, Kashmir faces shortage of Covid vaccine now

After Remdesivir, Kashmir faces shortage of Covid vaccine now

Jahangeer Ganaie

Srinagar, Apr 29 : A day after leading hospitals of Kashmir were facing shortage of Remdesivir, several health centres in Kashmir division mainly in Srinagar have run dry of Covid-19 vaccines.

A top health official from Srinagar who wished not to be named told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that several health centres in Srinagar district are facing shortage of Covid-19 vaccines.

An official said that several centres are without vaccines from the last two to three days and matter has already been brought to the attention of the concerned authorities.

People from different areas of Kashmir mainly Srinagar told KNO that they have been risking their lives to visit health centres for vaccination but had to return empty handed as vaccines aren’t available.

They said that they have been asked to come after five days as till then no vaccines will be available here.

“Government urges every day to come for vaccination but when we are visiting the centres from the last several days, there are no vaccines available,” they said.

They requested higher ups to make vaccines available at the earliest so that people won’t face any inconvenience.

State Immunisation Officer acknowledged that there is shortage of Covid vaccines at some centres of Kashmir division.

“In last two consignments we received two lakh vaccines, one lakh each for a division. However, in the past 10 days more people in Kashmir have turned for vaccination than Jammu so there is shortage of vaccines here,” he said..

“We have taken up the issue with the Serum Institute of India. The batch is first being tested at Kasauli and in coming two days the batch will reach here after which it will be accordingly distributed and people can get vaccinated,” he said—(KNO)

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