A total of 158,451 more people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country on Wednesday, the fourth day of the countywide vaccination drive.
Of the total vaccine recipients, 111,691 were males and 46,760 females, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).With this, 337,769 people have so far been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the country.
Of them, 246,426 were males and 91,343 females. Among the total vaccine recipients, 44,448 were in Dhaka.
Only 277 vaccine recipients have so far reported side effects, the DGHS said.
On Wednesday, the number of vaccine receivers developing side effects was only 70, it said.
Some 31,160 people were vaccinated on February 7 when the nationwide vaccination began and another 46,509 received the vaccine on Monday. The number shot up to 101,082 on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the vaccination programme virtually on January 27 when 26 front-liner fighters received Covishield vaccine in Kurmitola General Hospital. Some 541 more received the vaccine in five hospitals in Dhaka the following day.Bangladesh aims to inoculate 3.5 million people in the first phase.
Foreign diplomats stationed in Bangladesh started receiving the vaccine at Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute & Hospital on Wednesday.