Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of COVID-19 vaccination programme in Goa on Saturday via video conferencing. This comes after the state completed 100 per cent first dose coverage for its adult population.
In a statement, the PM's Office said that the efforts undertaken by the state government that resulted in the successful vaccination coverage include organisation of successive "Tika Utsavs" for community mobilization and grassroot outreach, targeted vaccination for priority groups such as inoculation at workplaces and old age homes among others.
Continuous community engagement to remove doubts and apprehensions was also done. The state also overcame challenges like Cyclone Tauktae to ensure rapid vaccination coverage, the PMO mentioned.
Notably, Goa managed to vaccinate 17,000-odd people till 7 pm on Friday against a target of 25,000 doses to mark the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Statistics from the state health department showed that 17,327 people were inoculated against COVID-19, with 2,731 getting the first dose. The number of people who have received the first dose in the state thus far figured at 6,44,553, while 5,29,529 have been administered both jabs, it said.