Srinagar/J:A mass vaccination drive was Monday started in coaching centres of Srinagar District in which students participated with enthusiasm and interest. This campaign is a part of mass vaccination of children in the age group of 15 to 17 years throughout Jammu and Kashmir and the first phase of the drive was Monday successfully launched in some reputed coaching institutes of Srinagar. On this occasion, Chairman Coaching Centers’ Association G.N.Var said that schools and coaching centres can be utilised as best awareness centres for creating mass awareness among common public regarding vaccination and other instructions necessary to be followed when it comes to adopting of Covid appropriate behavior. Mr Var thanked Director Health Services Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather for launching the drive from coaching institutes. He also thanked Chief Medical Officer Srinagar Dr Jameel, Dy CMO Srinagar, Zonal Medical Officers and other officials from immunization wing for their support and cooperation. Mr Var thanked Director School Education Kashmir Dr Tasaduq Hussain Mir for his personal efforts and support in making the launch of vaccination drive a grand success. Talking to media persons, Mr Var said that if students are fully vaccinated, then there will be no justification of keeping the schools shut. He reiterated the statement that online schooling is no substitute for teaching learning process and this mode of teaching has instead given rise to many social, mental and psychological issues among children. He requested the Government to consider reopening of schools after winter vacations seriously as the students, by then, will be fully vaccinated while the teachers are already vaccinated. He said that keeping schools shut continuously can result in huge learning loss which can never be fulfilled.