The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive took off at Margao’s vaccination centre at TB Hospital on Saturday as health warriors including doctors, nurses and health staff received the first dose of the Covishield vaccine.
Around 100 registered healthcare workers from the Hospicio Hospital were selected to receive the vaccine jab as part of the nationwide phase 1 COVID-19 vaccination drive. The drive began after the PM’s address at around 11 am. Speaking to media persons after being administered the first vaccine shot, Dr Ira Almeida, HOD of the Hospicio Hospital’s paediatrics department, said she is happy that she received the vaccine.
“I’m very happy and feel safe and protected at a personal level as well as at the level of protection to my family, my patients and the community I interact with. My message to the people would be to vaccinate yourself to keep yourself and the nation safe,” she said, adding that, she had not faced any side effect to the vaccine even after the prescribed 30-minute observation period.
Supervising the entire procedure and system set by the central government, Hospicio Hospital medical superintendent Dr Deepa Correia said, “The procedure has been set and we are following it to the dot. The beneficiaries selected will receive the vaccine and then kept under observation for half an hour. They are also informed to report to the nearest health centre in case of any adverse reaction and to maintain social distancing norms.”
Paediatric staff, including nurses from the Hospicio Hospital, who are well trained and have extensive experience in administering vaccination, have been given the task of giving the Covishield vaccine.
Under the prescribed procedure, beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win online portal system provide their photo ID and are registered by the entry point vaccination officer which is then authenticated by the second vaccination officer. Following this, the beneficiary receives the vaccine and is then made to wait for half an hour at the observation area. They are then given the vaccination card and informed when the second vaccination dose will be given and are told that they will also receive an SMS to remind them of the vaccination.
Also lending support and wishing the team well was IMA representative Dr Babita Prabhudesai who also came to the TB hospital.