Goa gets 18,000 vaccine doses, inoculation to resume on Friday

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Panaji, Jan 20 (PTI) A consignment of 18,000 vaccine doses against COVID-19 reached Goa by a flight from Mumbai on Wednesday morning and the immunisation drive in the state will resume from Friday, a senior health department official said.

The vaccination process began in the state last Saturday at seven centres, including two private hospitals.

Talking to PTI on Wednesday, Goa Health Services Director Dr Jose D'Sa said the next round of vaccination would be held across the state from Friday onwards.

He said the state is adding more facilities, including private hospitals, for the inoculation process.

A consignment of 18,000 vaccine doses reached the state in the morning by a flight from Mumbai, he informed.

Last week, the state had received a stock of 23,500 vaccine doses, out of which 426 were given to health workers on the first day of the inoculation drive.

D'Sa said the vaccination will continue on Saturday also and they are thinking of holding the immunisation programme four days a week from the next week.

The list of beneficiaries is drawn through a central portal, which will be followed by local officials, he said.

'The exact number of community health centres (state- run) and private hospitals for the vaccination process will be known later as the list is under process,' he said.

The registered beneficiaries will get a text message on their mobile phones, informing them about the time and place for their vaccination, the official said.

On Tuesday, Goa's coronavirus caseload rose to 52,570 after 112 people tested positive for the infection.

The state has so far reported 756 deaths to the disease, while 50,952 patients have recovered, as per official figures. PTI RPS GK GK