Ladakh starts COVID vaccination drive for 18-44 age group


240 fresh cases, 2 more deaths reported in UT


Leh: The third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, which covers people in the age group of 18 to 44 years, started in the Union Territory of Ladakh on Saturday, officials said.
The inoculation drive started at six vaccine session sites, of which there are two fixed sites each in Leh and Kargil townships, they said.
The two fixed vaccination sites in Kargil district have been set up at the district hospital and the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, while in case of Leh district, the fixed sites are at the Council Secretariat, the officials said.
One mobile team each in Leh and Kargil districts would conduct vaccination at block headquarters on a rotational basis, they said. The officials said the highest vaccination per session site would be 100 doses per day.
They said the registration for vaccination would be on online basis and no offline registration is permitted.
Meanwhile, Ladakh’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 16,156 with 240 fresh cases while the death toll climbed to 163 as two more people succumbed to the viral disease in the union territory, officials said.
Of the latest deaths, one each was reported from Leh and Kargil districts, they said.
So far, Leh has reported the highest number of deaths at 118 and Kargil 45.
The officials said Leh reported 170 of the fresh cases and Kargil 70. The number of active cases in Ladakh stands at 1,554 — 1,252 in Leh and 302 in Kargil.
As many as 231 COVID-19 patients — 196 in Leh and 35 in Kargil — were discharged the previous day after they recovered from the disease, taking the cumulative number of cured patients to 14,439, which accounts for 89 per cent of the total cases, they said.