‘Expedite COVID vaccination drive for 18-44 years age-group’

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JAMMU: Welfare Society Guru Nanak Nagar Jammu has expressed concern over slow pace of COVID vaccination programme carried out by Government agencies and requested for expediting the pace of vaccination drive, especially for 18-44 years age-group.
In a press statement issued on Sunday, the Society pointed out that just for fulfilling ego to develop ‘Made in India’ vaccine for COVID-19, the Government did not allow use of vaccine like Sputnik last year, and wasted a lot of time in developing, testing and approving Desi vaccines like Covishild and Covaxin, due to which a number of people lost their lives due to corona. Further, no proper research was conducted regarding the gap to be maintained between two doses of vaccine. “If a gap of 28 days between two doses, as initially adopted by the Government, was not enough for developing proper immunity and a gap of 90 days is required then should the Government and concerned agencies not be held responsible for deaths caused by COVID of those who had received both the doses. It is shocking to know that while putting some agencies to develop vaccine like Covishild, they were not given any order or production target, leading to total chaos,” said members of society, adding that too much time has been wasted in approving drugs like 2-DG which if launched in time could have saved millions of lives worldwide.
Regarding current vaccination programme, it was urged that J&K Government should take serious steps to ensure proper supply of vaccine besides creating more centers for vaccination of 18-44 years age-group so as to cover densely populated areas like Guru Nanak Nagar. Society also urged Government of J&K to provide better treatment and facilities to all patients in general and corona patients in particular, and as faulty and under-developed medical system of Jammu province has been exposed. Society further appealed to the Government to ensure that Ayushman cards issued to public are honoured by both Government & private hospitals and institutes, including treatment of COVID cases.
The signatories to the statement included Balwinder Singh Rinku President, A S Khera Chairman, Advocate Hardeep Singh Vice President, Sanjeev Talwar Vice President, Pawan Sharma Vice President, Maninder Singh Narula General Secretary, Raju Katyal Secretary, Jatinder Kumar Bittu Secretary and Harjeet Singh Cashier.