COVID: 44 open-air vaccination centres set up in Srinagar

Srinagar (J&K), May 28 (ANI): In a bid to fight with second wave of COVID-19, Srinagar District Administration has set up 44 open-air vaccination centres at various locations for people between the age of 18-44 years. Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Srinagar, Fayaz Ahmad Baba said, "As many as 44 such camps have been established across Srinagar. A rumour was spread among people that there is a shortage of vaccines and oxygen across the district, but this is not true. Vaccination is underway for age group 18-44 years. They can vaccinate themselves without any fear. We are trying that every person gets vaccinated against COVID-19. These camps will mainly focus on journalists, shop-keepers, auto-rickshaw drivers, and several other stakeholders.” The officials from Health Department were present there. Dr Sharmeen, an official from the health department told ANI, "We aim to vaccinate 300 people in a day. Till now we have vaccinated 40 people. The people are co-operating. Vaccination is important as it is the only tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to control the pandemic. I urge people not to pay heed to the misinformation spread on social media over the COVID-19 vaccination. We should follow and believe the scientific evidence rather than believing rumours.” Large number of beneficiaries arrived to get the jab. One of them, Ajaz Ahmad said, “The vaccinated population is still very low. People don’t have much information regarding vaccination centre so there should be a vaccination center at every ward and more and more people should be vaccinated. That is the only way, we can come out of this lockdown. There is a gap in the demand and supply of the vaccines. But there is an improvement.” According to official data, there are 43,892 active cases of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir.