Goa health department's sanitation workers to get first vaccination shots: Official

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Goa health department's sanitation workers to get first vaccination shots: Official

Panaji, Jan 14 (IANS) Sanitation workers who have been part of the state Health Department's Covid-19 teams will be the first recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine, when the drive begins on January 16 this year, dean of the Goa Medical College, the state's apex healthcare facility Dr. Shivanand Bandekar has said.<br /><br /><br />"The first vaccines will be administered to safai karmacharis. These are people who have also been at the forefront, handling Covid-19 patients' soiled clothes, clearing their food trays, etc," Bandekar said on Thursday.<br /><br />"We will also administer the vaccine to doctors who work in Covid-19 areas in the first phase," the top official said.<br /><br />On Wednesday, a consignment of 2,350 vials, containing 23,500 vaccination shots landed in Goa and have been stored in secured cold storage facilities, Bandekar said.<br /><br />Nearly 19,000 health department workers and Covid-19 warriors are expected to be covered in the first round of vaccination.<br /><br />.