Sanitation workers visiting the COVID-19 wards at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will be the first to introduce the COVID-19 vaccine in Goa, a nationwide inoculation drive starting on Saturday.
Dean of GMCH Dr. Shivanand Bandekar said that he has selected 100 sanitation workers associated with the hospital, including those hired through a private firm, to receive the first dose of vaccine in the state.
These workers are going to the COVID-19 wards of GMCH, he said.
“This 1 Traveling staff (Sweeper and other sanitation workers) will get a message on their registered mobile number, after which they will report to the Kovid Immunization Center at the hospital, ”he said.
One of the seven hospitals listed by the Goa Health Department is the state GMMC, where vaccination will be done in the first phase.
A senior GMCH official said that no one knew if they could refuse the vaccine, so we don’t know who would actually be the first person to get the vaccine.
A patient examination hall in the hospital complex has been converted into an immunization center with five booths.
After receiving the jab, the person will have to stay inside the center for half an hour, where he will be persuaded of any adverse reactions.
In the first phase, some 5,000-odd health workers associated with GMCH will be vaccinated.
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