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Bangladesh starts nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday

Bangladesh starts nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday

Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 6 February : Bangladesh is all set to start a nationwide inoculation drive against Covid-19 from Sunday, with an aim to vaccinate three and a half million people within the first month.

The inoculation program is expected to be inaugurated at 9am on Sunday.

According to media reports, 206 teams, each consisting of two health workers and two volunteers, will work in more than 56 centers in Dhaka.

Apart from that, 2,196 teams will work in 959 vaccination centers in various hospitals and health complexes, out of a total of 1,015 centers across the nation.

Till February 4, around 150,000 people around the country have registered to receive the Covid-19 vaccine during the inoculation.

Earlier, DGHS Director General Dr ABM Khurshid Alam announced that he himself along with the health minister and DGHS officials will be administered with the vaccines on the first day of the vaccination drive.

According to a government decision, the vaccine recipients will receive their second dose four weeks after the first jab instead of eight weeks.

Last month, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the ministry had provided training to 42,000 health workers and volunteers to facilitate the vaccination program. Similarly, the DGHS said some 7,344 teams would be deployed throughout the country during the inoculation drive.

Dr ABM Khurshid Alam told Dhaka Tribune on Monday that vaccines have been sent to all districts which they will receive within a very short period of time.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 vaccine doses have arrived in 14 upazilas of Chittagong, adds UNB.

District Civil Surgeon Sheikh Fazle Rabbi told UNB that consignments of the Covishield vaccine were sent to the upazila offices from EPI store on Friday.

“They have been kept at the cold storage facilities of the Upazila Health Complexes.”

According to the District Civil Surgeon’s office, a list has already been prepared for distributing the vaccine of which, 1,54,905 doses have been kept across 15 booths in Chittagong city only, while the remaining 3,01,095 doses will be available in the 14 upazilas of the district.

On spot vaccine registration

Although the DGHS was not in favour initially, it has decided to allow on spot registration for vaccines for those who are not technology savvy.

According to the decision, people may register at the vaccination centres with the help of officials – health workers and ICT division representatives. However, they will not receive the jab that day.

Vaccine registration website www.surokkha.gov.bd is open to the public, since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 27 inaugurated the vaccination campaign.

Also, the Surokkha app, developed to help people register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh, will be made available on Google Play by February 4.

On November 5 last year, the Bangladesh government, SII, and Beximco had signed a tripartite agreement to import the vaccine developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.

On January 26 this year, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) cleared use of the first shipment of the vaccine.

On January 21, Bangladesh received 2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift from the Indian government. That was the first ever consignment of vaccines which arrived in Bangladesh.

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