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Mass testing continued in Jammu, 5000 RAT being conducted daily
JammuExpress. Dated: 3/30/2021 7:07:24 PM

Only 1 per cent population in J&K vaccinated against Covid-19 so far: DAK

Jammu/Srinagar, Mar 30: With the increase in the daily count of Coronavirus cases across Jammu & Kashmir, the Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is being conducted on large scale in the Jammu district. As per the senior officials in Health Department and District Administration, a target of 5000 tests per day has been kept for the health teams. In the coming days, the government plans to cover all the schools, government officers and business centres.

Meanwhile Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday said only one per cent of the population in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 so far.

DAK president and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan claimed that that means most of the people are still susceptible to Covid-19 infection which is a matter of concern.

As per the vaccination data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, J&K has administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 6,34,953 people as on March 30. The figure represents 5 per cent of JK’s 1.25 crore population. Full vaccination (both doses) has been given to 1, 42,895 people which represent 1 per cent of the population.”

“We need to vaccinate around 70 per cent of the population to bring an end to the ongoing public health crisis. When enough people are vaccinated, the virus can’t find any host to survive, replicate and move on.” DAK President said

This is how pandemic will subside But with the current vaccination rate, it will take years to a decade to reach the goal as vaccine hesitancy is a cause of major concern.

“People are not coming forward for the vaccine. Misinformation and wrong perceptions about the vaccine are keeping people away from the vaccine. Another reason why the goal can’t be achieved is that children who constitute a huge proportion of the population are not vaccinated,” he said.

There are around 4.8 million children in JK who cannot be vaccinated. The vaccine is the only way to stop the pandemic.

“In order to get back to normal, we need enough people to get vaccinated. The sooner we get more people vaccinated, the sooner we start reliving our lives,” he said.

The best way to circumvent Covid-19 variants is to continue to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. If we leave a large number of the population unimmunized, we will not be able to break the chain of infection and the pandemic will linger on. And, we will continue to have fresh waves of Covid-19 infection,” said Dr Nisar.


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