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Covid vaccination drive for general public starts, people need to cooperate: Dr Saleem Ur Rehman



People can register through CoWin Android app or Aarogya Setu app.

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(Asian News Hub) – The health officials on Tuesday said that around 70 percent health care workers and 60 percent front line workers have received jabs of Covid vaccines and now the vaccination drive for general public has been started and masses need to cooperate as everyone will be covered.

As per the news agency—KNO, Director General of Family Welfare Dr Saleem Ur Rehman and State Immunisation Officer Dr Qazi Haroon, while addressing a press conference in Srinagar said that people must cooperate and in this phase senior citizens aged more than 60 years and those in the age group of 45-59 years with comorbidities are being covered.

Dr Saleem ur Rehman said that people have the option to either take their vaccine shots from a government facility or opt for a private hospital for which “we have already identified 34 private hospitals and their list will be published soon.”

The ceiling on price of vaccine will be Rs 250 including Rs 100 hospital charges for giving shot to the patient.

He said that in order to register for Covid-19 vaccination, people have options like online advance self-registration for Covid-19 vaccination can be done by downloading Android mobile app and through the Aarogya Setu app.

These apps will show all government and private hospitals that are serving as Covid-19 vaccination centres (CVCs), he said, adding that the apps will also show details of date and time of the available vaccination schedules.

“People who are eligible for vaccination in this phase will be able to choose the CVC of their choice and book an appointment for vaccination,” he said, adding that “in case you want to opt for on-site registration, you can walk into any identified vaccination centres and get yourself registered and vaccinated.”

He said that all people, irrespective of how they have registered for the vaccination, will have to carry any one of the including Aadhaar Card, Electoral Photo Identity Card, Photo ID card specified at the time of registration in case of online registration (if not Aadhaar or EPIC), Certificate of co-morbidity for citizens in age group of 45 years to 59 years (signed by a registered medical practitioner), he said.

The comorbidity certificate can either be uploaded on the apps by the beneficiary while self-registering or a hard copy of it can be carried by the person to the Covid-19 vaccination centre, he said.

Officials said that anyone above 60 whether having comorbidity or not will get vaccine, however people aged between 45-59 years are eligible for Covid-19 vaccination only if they have the comorbidities like Heart failure with hospital admission in past one year, Post cardiac transplant/ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF, Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease, Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH, Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/ PTCA/ MI and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment, Angina and Hypertension/ Diabetes treatment, CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment, Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment, Diabetes (10 years or with complication) and Hypertension on treatment, Kidney/Liver/Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/ On wait-list, End stage Kidney Disease on haemodialysis/ CAPD, Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications, Decompensated cirrhosis, Severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years/ FEVI, Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma, Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after July 1, 2020 or currently on any cancer therapy, Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major, Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection and Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness.

Dr Saleem said that we have vaccinated thousands of people so far and there was no case of any severe side effect so far and people must come forward without any fear and get vaccinated to beat this deadly pandemic.

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COVID19 vaccines effective enough, no need for third booster jab: Lancet



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(Asian News Hub) – Vaccines are effective enough at preventing severe cases of Covid-19 that there is no current need for the general population to be given third doses, according to a report in The Lancet published Monday.

Some countries have started offering extra doses over fears about the much more contagious Delta variant, causing the World Health Organization to call for a moratorium on third jabs amid concerns about vaccine supplies to poorer nations, where millions have yet to receive their first jab.

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The new report by scientists, including from the WHO, concluded that even with the threat of Delta, “booster doses for the general population are not appropriate at this stage in the pandemic”.

The authors, who reviewed observational studies and clinical trials, found that vaccines remain highly effective against severe symptoms of Covid-19, across all the main virus variants including Delta, although they had lower success in preventing asymptomatic cases of the disease.

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“Taken as a whole, the currently available studies do not provide credible evidence of substantially declining protection against severe disease, which is the primary goal of vaccination,” said lead author Ana-Maria Henao-Restrepo, of the WHO.

She said vaccine doses should be prioritised to people around the world still waiting for a jab.

“If vaccines are deployed where they would do the most good, they could hasten the end of the pandemic by inhibiting further evolution of variants,” she added.

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COVID-19: Samba becomes first district to complete vaccination for all above 18 years



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Instead of waiting for people to come, we reached out to them: DC Samba; LG congratulates for achieving milestone

(Asian News Hub) – Amid the ongoing Covid vaccination drive in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, Samba has become the first district in giving the first dose of Covid vaccine to all above 18 years of age.

A top health official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that there are around 241,000 persons in the district in between 18-44 age group and all of them have already got their first dose of Covid vaccine.

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He said that around 78,000 (33 percent) people have also got second dose of Covid vaccine and the process of vaccinating more and more people is going on. “It was possible only due to the efforts of health workers and front line workers who have worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone,” the official said.

District Magistrate Samba Anuradha Gupta said that since the beginning Samba district started the vaccination process strategically and Samba was among first few districts which completed vaccination process of all above 45 years of age.

“Instead of waiting for people to come to us, we went to them. We had constituted mobile teams to reach everyone. We were vaccinating above 45 age group the positivity and mortality rate started declining and people understood the importance of vaccination,” Gupta said.

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She said that then people above 18 years came on their own without need of any mobilisation and “our efforts are on complete second dose process at an earliest.”

Meanwhile LG Manoj Sinha has congratulated the Covid management team of Samba and health care workers for their tireless efforts in completing 100 percent vaccination of above 18 years of age. He hoped that other districts will catch up soon and complete this process as well.

“Congratulations to Covid mgmt team of Samba & health care workers for their tireless effort to ensure 100% vaccination of above 18 yrs of age.Samba becomes first distt. of J&K to achieve this milestone & I am sure other districts will catch up soon,” Office of LG tweeted.

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DAK urges flu vaccination for children ahead of third Covid wave



(Asian News Hub) – Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday urged parents to get their children vaccinated against flu ahead of third Covid wave which is predicted to happen sometime in the fall of this year and is expected to affect kids the most.

“Receiving a flu shot could make it easier to tell if your child has Covid-19 in the event he/she gets sick as both illnesses have similar symptoms,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

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“This year’s flu season will likely coincide with the predicted third Covid wave. Administering flu vaccine would reduce the number of unnecessary Covid-19 tests that would limit the burden on hospitals and healthcare workers,” he added.

Quoting a recent study conducted at the University of Missouri School of Medicine Columbia, Dr Hassan said flu vaccination may offer some protection against Covid-19 in the pediatric population.

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“The study found that those Covid-19 positive patients who had been administered the flu vaccine in the 2020 flu season had reduced odds of experiencing symptoms, respiratory complications and severe disease,” he said.

The DAK President said we would be facing a double whammy of flu and Covid this fall.

​ “You can catch the flu and Covid at the same time which could increase your risk of ending up in ICU or on a ventilator. That makes this season’s flu vaccine vitally important,” he said.

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“Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine before the start of flu season which begins in October and can last late into May. Since it takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective, it is best to get the vaccine in September,” said Dr Nisar.

“This season’s flu vaccine has been updated to better match currently circulating viruses. This year a quadrivalent influenza vaccine containing H1N1, H3N2 and two B viruses – Victoria and Yamagata is recommended,” he said.

“While the vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially needed in young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.

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Vaccination to expectant mothers is critically important to protect their new born babies’ upto 6 months who are too young to receive the vaccine,” he added.

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