The health department received the first consignment of 23,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ early Wednesday morning from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India.
Two boxes carrying 2,350 vials with 10 doses each, totalling 23,500 shots of the vaccine, were handed over to department officials at the Dabolim airport.
The vaccine cargo was brought in an Indigo Airlines flight, which landed at the airport at 6.22 am.
From the airport, the consignment was taken in a vaccine van to an undisclosed location and appropriately stored by the department.
The location has not been disclosed due to ‘security’ reasons.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant took to Twitter informing the people about the arrival of the vaccine.
“The vaccine would be distributed to all the vaccination centres 24 hours before vaccination begins,” he tweeted.
A senior officer at the DHS told ‘The Navhind Times’ that one of the inoculation venues has been delisted by the government following the directions of the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
“Earlier, we had identified eight centres, but the Union health ministry asked Goa to launch the first phase of the COVID vaccination programme in Goa with seven centres. Victor Hospital, Margao, has been removed from the list,” the officer said.
The government hospitals identified for the vaccination drive that will be launched on January 16 are: Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim, Hospicio Hospital in Margao, Asilo Hospital in Mapusa, Chicalim health centre and sub-district hospital at Ponda.
The private hospitals are: Dona Paula-based Manipal Hospital and Healthway Hospital at Old Goa.
The first batch of doses has been allocated to the state for inoculation of military personnel, central government employees, and workers from the state healthcare sector; ‘safai karamcharis’ (cleaners) working at the health centres would be ideally be taken first for vaccination.
PTI ADDS FROM NEW DELHI: India’s drive against COVID-19 gathered momentum on Wednesday with planes carrying vaccines flying into airports across the country from where the precious cargo was dispatched to small cities and towns in readiness for the inoculation exercise beginning January 16.
From Assam to Goa and from Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala, the vaccines were carefully and swiftly transported to far corners of the country, a day after the first consignment of the Covishield vaccine from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable rolled out of the Serum Institute of India manufacturing facility in Pune.
According to sources, 95 per cent of the 1.1 crore doses of Covishield vaccine purchased by the government have been delivered and shipped to nearly 60 consignee points across India in two days.
Of the 55 lakh doses of indigenously developed Covaxin of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech ordered by the Centre, the first tranche of 2.4 lakh doses have been dispatched to 12 states.
Covaxin has been sent to 12 sites, one each in Ganavaram, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai, Lucknow and Hyderabad, according to official sources.
The vaccines have been allocated to all states and UTs in proportion to their healthcare workers database, the health ministry said.