100% eligible inhabitants given first dose of Covid vaccine, says Goa govt; Cong calls it ‘blatant lie’

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A day after Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant introduced that the the state had administered the primary dose of the vaccine in opposition to Covid-19 to 100 per cent of its eligible inhabitants, Congress leaders within the state alleged that this was “one more lie” the BJP authorities within the state was perpetrating.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had congratulated Goa for administering the primary dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 100 p.c of its eligible inhabitants. “Well done Goa! Great effort, powered by a collective spirit and the prowess of our doctors as well as innovators,” Modi mentioned in a tweet. Congratulatory messages adopted from Union Minister for highway transport and highways Nitin Gadkari, BJP National President J P Nadda and National General Secretary B L Santhosh amongst others.

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Leader of Opposition within the Goa legislative meeting Digambar Kamat on Saturday mentioned that the Goa authorities’s declare was “one more lie added to ‘pack of lies’ of @BJP4Goa government.” Kamat mentioned in a tweet, “Insensitive BJP4India first declared Goa as Open Defecation Free, Later announced Goa is connected with Tap Water in every Household. Lies continue…”

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar mentioned: “This is another blatant lie of @BJP4India and @BJP4Goa government who keep fooling people with Jumlaaz.”

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Senior authorities officers mentioned that as of September 6, there have been 11,42,771 adults within the state , primarily based on the Election Commission of India’s report. The projection of the inhabitants aged 18 and above in Goa, in line with the Registrar General of India was 11.66 lakh and the quantity of people that acquired the primary dose within the state had exceeded that too.

Saying that quite a few individuals in Goa weren’t vaccinated, Chodankar mentioned, “There is nothing special in Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating Goa CM Dr. Pramod Sawant based on false statement made by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on 100 percent covid vaccination to all the eligible population. BJP Government is known for making big announcements without actually performing or accomplishing the task.”

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State Immunisation Officer Dr Rajendra Borkar had mentioned on Friday, “According to the electoral data we have a population of around 11.45 lakh and we have already crossed the first dose by that. The total figure is more than that because some people may have also come from outside (the state) and got their vaccination done.” He mentioned that going by the numbers, the 100 p.c administration of the primary dose had been achieved. “By numbers it is true. We don’t have a mechanism to verify each and every person. There is always plus or minus 1 per cent that happens in such big programmes. On the whole, we say that we have achieved 100 percent,” he mentioned.

Borkar defined, “We have around 11.45 lakh people but we have crossed it. This could mean some people from Goa may have taken their second dose outside. That may be a possibility. Considering all these possibilities, if we are near that figure, we can claim that we have done the job. The percentage is for technical reasons but for us, the immunization division, we achieve maximum coverage and try to reach near 100 percent. There are so many combinations and permutations. Our Goan people may go out, some form other states may come to Goa and since this is a pan-India programme, we cannot stop anyone from coming to Goa or going out. Foreigners are also getting vaccinated”.

He mentioned that vaccination started in Goa on January 16 beginning with well being employees and entrance line employees. The state has up to now had three phases of the Tika Utsav. So far, 11,83,247 individuals had acquired the primary dose of the vaccine and 4,78,432 had acquired the second dose within the state.

Sawant had mentioned that the state was aiming at finishing the administration of the second dose to its inhabitants by October 31.

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