Ordinary people have started to take more and more interest in getting vaccinated against Covid-19 since the vaccination programme kicked off in Chattogram like elsewhere across the country on February 7.
Those who have registered were spotted gathering at vaccination booths in different hospitals of the port city on Thursday.Law enforcers had to struggle to deal with the crowd at Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on the day.
The gathering is deemed to be a manifestation of positive sign, as people are rushing there willingly ignoring the rumour.
A total of 26 vaccine centres including 12 in the city have been set up in Chattogram district. The authority has set a target of providing vaccines to 1,000 people in every centre a day.
A total of 16,805 people received Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday while only 1,090 people took the jab on the first day of the programme.
Of the vaccine recipients on Thursday, 8,952 are from city and 7,853 from different upazilas.
Sources at the district Civil Surgeon Office said that a total of 76,068 people registered for Covid-19 vaccine in Chattogram as of Thursday. Of them, 48,530 are from the city while 27,538 from upazilas.A total of 36,994 people have received the first dose of the vaccine in Chattogram until Thursday.
CMCH Assistant Director Dr Rajib Palit said they have had an overwhelming response from people.
Chattogram District Civil Surgeon Dr Sheikh Fazle Rabbi said there are sufficient number of law enforcers and volunteers to control the situation at vaccine booths.
People should get the jab to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Rabbi added.