JAMMU & KASHMIR: Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, the administration of Jammu & Kashmir has categorized the media persons under ‘High-Risk Group’ after keeping in view the nature of their duties.
While confirming the development, the top official said that administration recently took a decision to keep media persons in the “High-Risk Group”.
“Journalists are more vulnerable to get infected with the virus as they are always on run and come in contact with many people. So DIPR today held a vaccination drive for left out journalists at the directorate office Srinagar, before that two vaccination drives were held in collaboration with Kashmir Press Club (KPC),” an official said.
Meanwhile, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir has decided to accelerate the vaccination of people under the 18-45 age category in a focused and targeted manner.
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Currently, Jammu & Kashmir is among the leading regions in the country in vaccination of above 45 years age group. The state has vaccinated 62% of its eligible population.
On a positive note, Jammu and Kashmir’s second Covid-19 wave seems to have flattened as the deaths and positive cases in the union territory (UT) continue to remain more or less static in the last few days.
In an open statement, the official said that they have directed all the District Information Officers to conduct the vaccination drive for journalists, and so far the vaccination drive has been carried at district Anantnag, District Budgam, and District Baramulla.