After Remdesivir, Kashmir facing shortage of Covid vaccines too

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Vaccines will be available in next two days: State Immunisation Officer

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

A top health official from Srinagar who wished not to be named confirmed 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 Srinagar said they have been risking their lives to visit health centres for vaccination but had to return without a jab as the 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 people to come for vaccination but when people go to the vaccination centres, they are told that vaccines are not available,” many people said.

They requested the health authorities to make vaccines available at the earliest so that people don’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 for each division. However, in the past 10 days more people in Kashmir have turned up 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.

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