Goa Forward Party President Vijai Sardesai in a video address urged and called on all Goans to get vaccinated after the central government announced a nationwide Covid vaccination program. Sardesai said “taking the vaccination protects not only you and your families, but also our state and all Goans as part of our recovery towards normalcy from the pandemic.” Vijai said “now is the time to take the responsibility and shield Goa from the virus. If we Goans come forward and dismiss unwanted fears, we can make our Goa the safest and healthiest state across the country.”
Accompanied by Dr Milind Desai, and Dr Babita Prabhudesai, Vijai Sardesai appealed to all Goans to give up their fear regarding the Covid vaccine saying “I too like you had my concerns, but after thorough research and not heeding rumours spread across WhatsApp, my family and I went forward to get vaccinated.” Sardesai said he invited both Dr Milind Desai and Dr Babita Prabhudesai to address the general fears of the public and dismiss any fake news, and unsolicited rumours.”
The GFP Chief pointed out that “the Goa Forward Party had time and again urged the state government to take the COVID-19 seriously which included increasing testing and making vaccines available to all Goans.” Sardesai said he is delighted to see the Central government take the ongoing rising cases seriously and further urged all Goans to take the vaccine as “Goa has the vaccine doses in plenty as opposed to other states where the vaccines are scarce.”
Both Dr Milind Desai, and Dr Babita Prabhudesai highlighted the difference between mRNA vaccines Covidshield and Covaxin stressing that both vaccines are safe. Dr. Desai said, “taking any vaccine right now brings forth numerous benefits and outweighs any risks.” Dr Prabhudesai said the vaccines are available across all urban and primary health centres, government, private and district hospitals.
Furthermore, Dr. Desai assured that the two available vaccines are absolutely safe for heart, diabetes and kidney patients. He added that taking aspirin also poses no side effects and is safe to take even after being administered the vaccine.
Vijai Sardesai said “taking the vaccine is an easy, painless procedure. I commend our tremendous frontline staff for all their efforts and sacrifices towards keeping Goa safe.”