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The biggest ever vaccination drive will kick off in Jammu and Kashmir today after launch of COVID-19 vaccine by Prime Minister Narendra Modi countrywide and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha here as the administration has increased number of vaccination sites which will be active from Day one from 27 to 40 and shortlisted three Corona warriors, one of whom could get a chance to inter-act with the Prime Minister. The Union Health Ministry hasdirected that healthcare workers of the Central Government, Army and para-military forces should also be given Covishield vaccine doses as per their requirement in both the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh which have vast presence of security personnel. While Ladakh yesterday received first consignment of 11,500 doses of Covishield vaccine, one of its citizens from Upper Leh was tested positive for new mutant strain virus in the report received today by Health Department of Ladakh from NCDC New Delhi. As per the protocol of foreign returnees, sample of the youth was sent to New Delhi and he tested positive as communicated by the NCDC New Delhi
Earlier, in Jammu and Kashmir, one UK returnee had tested positive for COVID-19 in Roop Nagar area of Jammu district but he reported negative for new mutant virus strain. The Union Health Ministryhas directed administrations of both J&K and Ladakh UTs to deliver vaccine doses from the first batch of consignment to Central and Armed Forces healthcare workers. Jammu district has kept 20,000 doses of vaccine while nine other districts in the region have been given doses ranging between 3000 to 5000 depending upon initial requirement as per strength of the healthcare workers. The Health Department also increased number of vaccination sites from the Day one i.e. January 16 from 27 to 40 to ensure that the vaccination drive for healthcare workers is expedited. Increase in vaccination sites to 40 means that 4000 healthcare workers including doctors, nurses, Ward boys, sanitation staff, mortuary workers, ambulance drivers etc will get vaccinated on the Day one of vaccination. As Jammu and Kashmir has received 1,67,500 doses of Covishield vaccine in the first phase, around 60,000 healthcare workers will be vaccinated as half of the doses have to be reserved for the beneficiaries which will be given to them 28 days after the first dose. The Department has projected 10 percent spillage. The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will launch vaccination drive for Jammu and Kashmir on January 16 from the GMC Jammu at 9.30 am where 100 healthcare workers will receive vaccination on Day one.

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