Tribune News Service
Amritsar, February 3
On the first day of the Covid-19 vaccination drive for frontline warriors, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira along with other senior officials of the district administration were administered the dose at the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs Memorial Civil Hospital on Wednesday.
The district administration has identified around 22,228 frontline workers. Those who volunteered for vaccination include Additional Deputy Commissioner Himanshi Aggarwal, Amritsar Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Vikas Heera and Ajnala SDM Deepak Bhatia.
The Deputy Commissioner said people were afraid and facing hardships since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Now, the vaccine will end fear and anxiety as it will help in developing immunity,” he said. Khaira asked residents to not believe in rumours as the vaccine had been tested thoroughly and was completely safe.
“Over 7,000 health workers in the district have been administered the dose in the district and none of them reported any adverse affects,” said the Deputy Commissioner.
Earlier, the administration had started vaccination drive for health workers on January 16. Initially, the response was limited, but later it picked up the pace and around 7,300 health workers of the public and private hospitals were administered the vaccination.
The health officials said around 80 employees were given injections at the Civil Hospital today. Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh and District Immunisation Officer Dr Sukhpal Singh said ample arrangements were in place to complete the ongoing phase of vaccination on time.
Tarn Taran SSP vaccinated
Tarn Taran Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruman H Nimbale along with other 20 officers got vaccinated at the Civil Hospital on the first of the drive for frontline warriors.
The SSP asked his colleagues to create awareness and get vaccinated to make society Covid-19 free. OC
19 fresh Covid cases
Amritsar: With 19 fresh positive cases reported from the district, the total count of Covid infections has increased to 15,084. The new cases include 10 Influenza-like-illness cases and nine contacts of positive patients. The district has not reported any death in the past 24-hours. A total of 582 deaths have been reported till date and the recovery count has increased to 14,360 in the district.
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