IMA Goa urges govt to speed up COVID-19 vaccination drive

IMA Goa urges govt to speed up COVID-19 vaccination drive

Panaji, Feb 23 (PTI) The Goa chapter of the Indian
Medical Association on Tuesday urged the state government to
speed up the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the coastal state
to prevent a second wave of the infection.

In a letter to the state authorities, the IMA Goa
stated that the important aspect of vaccination is the speed
and the coverage, with which at least 60 per cent of the
state”s population can be vaccinated.

This will reduce the incidence of new cases and save
the state from witnessing a second wave, IMA Goa president
Vinayak Buvaji said in the letter.

The IMA has requested the government to authorise the
local medical association to approve beneficiaries and direct
them for vaccination at nearest vaccine booths with ID proof,
it said.

The COVID-19 vaccine booths set up in private
hospitals have a dedicated manpower for inoculation, but they
are underutilised and lack of powers to approve beneficiaries,
the letter stated.

The IMA suggested that private hospitals registered
with DDSSY, the state-run insurance scheme, also be roped in
for the vaccination drive.

Healthcare workers should be allowed “on the spot
entry” with ID proof/certificate from the concerned hospitals,
the association said.

The IMA has also suggested that like the national
immunisation programme more vaccination booths can be set up
at main police stations, headquarters, major government
offices and reputed private offices for maximum coverage. PTI

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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