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JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday received the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) from Serum Institute of India, Pune. As many as 1,46,500 doses of Covishield vaccine have been received out of which 79,000 are for Kashmir division and 67,500 are for Jammu division.The vaccine is being stored at the divisional cold chain stores at Jammu and Kashmir divisions from where it will be distributed to all the Districts maintaining the cold chain at all levels.Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Samir Mattoo and Dr. Qazi Haroon, State Immunization Officer, J&K received the vaccine at Divisional Vaccine store at Barzulla, Srinagar in Kashmir while as Dr. Renu Sharma, Director Health Services Jammu/ Director Family Welfare, J&K received the vaccine at Divisional vaccine store, DHS Jammu.Speaking on the occasion, Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education has said that the vaccine will be sent to all the districts and immunization points across J&K. He informed that the vaccines will be ferried to far flung areas which are cut off due to heavy snowfall with the help of choppers, so that all the healthcare workers are vaccinated even in the most difficult and inaccessible areas of J&K.The vaccination drive will start from 16th of January, 2021 all across the UT.“To begin with, inauguration ceremonies will be held at SKIMS hospital Soura in Srinagar and Government Medical College Jammu, where Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will be present,” officials said.Meanwhile, 121 new positive cases of novel Corona virus, 55 from Jammu division and 66 from Kashmir division, were reported during the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,22,885.“Today no COVID-19 death has been reported from any place of Jammu and Kashmir”, officials said.Moreover, 174 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 77 from Jammu Division and 97 from Kashmir Division.According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 1,22,885 positive cases, 1,629 are Active Positive, 1,19,344 have recovered and 1,912 have died; 712 in Jammu division and 1,200 in Kashmir division.The Bulletin further said that out of 41,64,847 test results available, 40,41,962 samples have been tested as negative till 13thJanuary, 2021.Till date 9,73,732 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 32,891persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1,629 in isolation and 36,032 in home surveillance. Besides, 9,01,268 persons have completed their surveillance period.
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