Srinagar: Amid rise in COVID cases, several religious scholars of the valley administrated the first dose of vaccine’ during COVID inoculation drive, organized by the divisional administration at valley’s lone tertiary care hospital, SKIMS Soura on Saturday.
Around a dozen clerics and Islamic scholars from different parts of the valley were put under observation after administering the first jab of COVID vaccine.
The drive, an official said was organized with an aim to encourage people for vaccination. Imaam’s and Khateeb’s from different Wakf Board affiliated shrines and mosques were administered jab.
Those who were administered first dose of COVID vaccine, termed rumors that the vaccine is ‘ineffective’ or have negative side-effects as baseless and appealed people to come forward in large number to get them vaccinated so as to keep the deadly pandemic at bay.
The COVID vaccination drive for religious scholars was held in the directions of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole at SKIMS Soura.
They also urged people to follow COVID SOPs including wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in letter and spirit to prevent COVID transmission.
Among others, Director SKIMS, Dr AG Ahangar was also present on the occasion who claimed that uphill efforts of the frontline workers controlled the deadly virus from spreading further in the valley, at a time; pandemic has taken an ugly shape in other parts of the world.
He said the drive would send a positive message to defend against baseless rumours associated with the vaccine.