Eight out of ten districts of Kashmir valley have achieved the 100 percent vaccination target in the category of people above 45-years of age.
The two districts that have not achieved the 100 percent vaccination in this age group are Srinagar, 94 percent, and Kupwara at 83 percent, according to official data.
The districts that have made it to 100 percent vaccination in the age group of above 45 years are southern Kashmir’s Anantnag, Baramulla, Pulwama, north Kashmir’s Bandipore, Shopian, Kulgam, and central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal.
Over six million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far in the Kashmir division, which has a population of over 6.9 million people.
Kashmir valley has been badly affected by the waves of COVID19 infection, which first broke out last year in March and led to a months’ long lockdown. After a respite in infection during the winter months, a second wave led to another round of lockdown, further devastating an already fragile economy.
While the second wave of COVID19 began in early March in the region, it has now significantly slowed down. This month, Kashmir valley recorded 3445 new cases while Srinagar, which was the worst affected district during the second wave, registered 1428 new cases this month so far.
The vaccination drive has continued in the region even as there has been hesitancy in some sections.
The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive began on 16 January this year when health workers were administered the first doses of the vaccine. The vaccine drive was opened for other sections and age groups in a phased manner.