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Watch video: Congratulations on 100% of first vaccination dose, PM Narendra Modi tells Goa healthcare workers

12:43 PM Sep 18, 2021 | Agencies

New Delhi: Interacting with the health care workers (HCW) and beneficiaries of the Covid vaccination programme in Goa via video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the state is playing important role in the success of the world's largest and fastest vaccination drive "Sabko vaccine, muft vaccine".

He also congratulated the healthcare workers of Goa for completing 100% of first vaccination dose.

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PM Modi said, "Goa is playing important role in the success of the world's largest and fastest vaccination drive - 'Sabko vaccine, muft vaccine'. In the past few months, Goa fought bravely against heavy rainfall, cyclone and flood, under the leadership of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant."

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"I thank Team Goa, for their work during such a time. Every eligible person in Goa has received a dose of vaccine. This is a big deal in the fight against corona. Congratulations to all the people of Goa for this. This kind of coordination that Goa has shown to address social and geographical challenges is commendable. The Canacoona sub-division, which is situated far and wide in the state, is proof of the rapid vaccination as in the rest of the state," he added.

Modi further said that Goa's vaccine wastage prevention model will help other parts of the country.

Interacting with healthcare workers and vaccine beneficiaries from Goa, PM Modi also hailed the leadership of state Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for 100% vaccination of the adult population in the state.

Lauding the efforts of healthcare workers and corona warriors who could make it possible to set a new world record by vaccinating over 2.5 crore people on a single day, PM Modi said, "The largest vaccination doses administered on September 17 with over 2.5 crore vaccinations by the Indian healthcare workers is worth admiring and shows our dedication to fight against this pandemic. The government is trying to make sure that not a single citizen of India faces any difficulties during these trying times." "I also want to appreciate all the doctors, medical staff, people associated with the administration in the country. With the efforts of all of you, India has set a record of giving the vaccine to more than 2.5 crore people in a single day yesterday," he added.

"The achievement shows India's strength and the entire world will acknowledge it," he added further.

Meanwhile, healthcare workers extend greetings to PM Modi, who celebrated his 71st birthday on Friday.

Taking a jibe at Opposition PM Modi said that some parties are experiencing fever after 2.5 crore vaccination. "I have heard of vaccine beneficiaries developing side effects. However, for the first time I saw that a political party developed fever late last night after India achieved its vaccination record. Is there any logic to this?" he asked a Goan health worker.

The health worker, Dr Nitin Dhupdale, laughed sheepishly and explained how they informed beneficiaries of the possible side effects post-vaccination and what to do in such cases.

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