Goa received the second batch of Covid-19 vaccines early in the morning on Wednesday from Mumbai. The consignment comprised two boxes containing 18,000 doses of the vaccine which were handed over by Airport Authority of India officials to health officials.
Expected to be of a much larger scale, the second round of vaccination will commence on Friday.
Director of Health Services Dr Jose D’Sa told reporters that the second round of vaccination drive would be held from Friday onwards in various government-run and private medical institutions. The list of hospitals will include the seven session sites which participated in the first round of vaccination held on January 16 as well as a few more additional hospitals. It was also learnt that the vaccination is likely to be undertaken four to five days a week from the coming week onwards.
Previously, on January 13, Goa had received a stock of 23,500 doses of Covishied vaccine. Out of these, only 426 doses were utilized.
Meanwhile, no Covid-related deaths were recorded in the state for the fourth consecutive day. The Covid victim count remains steady at 756. The Directorate of Health Services detected 87 new cases of the infection from among the 1,802 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed cases in the state have now touched 52,657. Of these, 865 are presently active while 51,036 have recovered. The recovery rate is 96.92 per cent.