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J&K faces vaccine shortage as 100 centres throughout UT stay shut

Last Updated on May 7, 2021 at 5:52 pm

People could not get vaccinated at 80 Covid vaccination centres in Srinagar district and 20 in Jammu as these were running out of vaccine doses. Authorities are waiting for stocks after placing orders. Official sources said that various Government-designated COVID vaccination centres across J&K have to discontinue vaccination drive as all their supplies have been used and their stocks are empty.

Sources informed that in Srinagar district, COVID vaccination could not take place in JLNM Hospital, PHC Brain, Nehru Park SC, CHC Khanyar, SDH Hazratbal FLW 2, PHC Zadibal, UPHC Lal Bazar, UPHC Zakura, Zewan Police Line, NTPHC Faquir Gujree, SDH Hazratbal, UPHC SR Gunj, UPHC Palpora, NTPHC Rainwari, NTPHC Bakshipora, Comp FLW 1, PHC Nowgam, UPHC Lasjan, PHC Laloo, UPHC Pantha Chowk, PHC Chanpora, UPHC Humhama, UPHC Mujgund, PHC Bemina, UPHC Qamarwari, UPHC Mehjoor Nagar, Trauma Hospital Lawapora, Station Medicentre Air Force, UPHC Khanpora, SKIMS JVC, UPHC Kushalsar, MMC Noorbagh, UPHC Batamaloo, SMHS Hospital, Khyber Hospital, SMHS 2, SKIMS 2, Dignibal 13 Battalion and ITBP Kanmoh.

People could not be vaccinated in other centres of Srinagar like Composite FLW, STC Humhama, PHC Burzhama, UPHC Harwan, Bachi Darwaza, PHC Chatterhama, PHC Tailbal, NTPHC Jawahar Nagar, Khankahi Mohalla, Radiant Public School Bemina, Kanimazar, UPHC Shalimar, UPHC Nishat, Nowhata, Barbarshah, Gagribal, SC Syedpora, HWC Peerbagh, BHS Rangteng, SC Gogoo, SKIMS Soura State Cancer Institute, Niskeen Bagh B, Middle School SK Colony Qamarw, GBMS Shanpora, Muslim Boys & Girls Hostel, GG School Saida Kadal, Tibetian Public School, GMS Nandpora, GHS Gagribal and GBMS Zakura.

Vaccination could not be done in centres of Jammu district including UPHC Sidhra, Baspur, HWC Sagoon, NTPHC Bharore, PHC Bhour Camp, SC Queer, PHC Karah, UPHC Digiana, Gangyal, Unit Hospital 166 Battalion CRPF, High Court Jammu, Kandi Kathar, Khour, SC Malla, Unit Hospital BSF 42 Battalion, PHC Pallanwala, NTPHC Pindi Charkan and some others.

Many private vaccination centres in UT have temporarily halted their drive as government stopped providing them vaccines since May 1 and asked them to procure directly from the manufacturers. Private vaccination centres are arguing that government should at least tell them who to contact as manufacturers of both covaxin and covishield don’t have any representative in J&K.

People who fall under age group 18-45 years are not able to vaccinate themselves under third phase of COVID vaccination drive. A 35-year-old man belonging to New Plot area of Jammu said that all his attempts to schedule an appointment for vaccination have failed for the last week.

Director Family Welfare, MCH & Immunization, Dr Salim-ur-Rehman admitted that there is a shortage of vaccines. He said that they are unable to supply vaccine doses to all centres because they are getting a very limited supply of vaccines. They have received 50,000 vaccines for last two days which they have to distribute among thousands of vaccination centres across the UT. If they equally distribute the vaccines among all centres then all of them will get 20-30 vaccines so they have to cut supply of some centres.

He said that manufacturers of vaccines are not able to keep with the current high demand so there is a shortage throughout the nation.