The directorate of health services has expanded the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the state from April 1. Anyone who is 45 years of age and above (with or without co-morbidities) can now get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Earlier, the eligible beneficiaries were healthcare workers (HCWs), frontline workers (FLWs), those in the age group of 45-59 with co-morbidities and citizens above 60 years. Now, from Thursday onwards, the beneficiaries have been converted into three categories – HCWs, FLWs and everyone who is 45 years and above,” state immunisation officer Dr Rajendra Borkar said on Wednesday.
He said that now there is no requirement for people aged 45 and above to produce a medical certificate giving details of their co-morbid condition. Stating that they can now directly opt for the vaccine, he urged the eligible beneficiaries to get vaccinated by registering themselves either online or on the spot at the vaccination centres.
Dr Borkar informed that till date, a total of 1,14,808 doses of Covishield vaccine have been administered to the beneficiaries in Goa. He further said that 74,840 doses of Covishield are available with the state, which, he said, is adequate to meet the current requirement. He said Goa will receive more consignments of the COVID-19 vaccine in April.
Dr Borkar informed that the government will soon start vaccinating workers in the industrial sector and added that on a trial basis this will be starting at the Kundaim and Verna industrial estates wherein workers falling in the category of 45 years and above will be covered.