Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the country's vaccination programme against the coronavirus through video conferencing on January 27.
Md Abdul Mannan, secretary of health services division of the health and family welfare ministry disclosed the information while talking to reporters during a visit at Kidney Hospital in the capital on Saturday morning. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the vaccination programme virtually on January 27. A nurse will receive the vaccine first on the day at Kurmitola General Hospital,” he said.The premier is likely to interact with health workers virtually on the day after launch of the programme, sources said.
The health secretary said more 24 front line fighters including health service providers will also take the vaccine in the Kurmitola hospital on the day.
Later, around 400-500 front liners including doctors and nurses will be given the vaccine in Kurmitola General Hospital, Mugda General Hospital, Kuwait-Bangladesh Maitree Hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on January 28.
The first vaccine receivers will remain under observation for seven days to see the side effect of the vaccine, Abdul Mannan said.
Bangladesh on Thursday received 20 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a gift from India, with the country planning to begin its mass vaccination early February.
The country is expected to get 50 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India on January 25 under a deal on buying three crore doses from the Serum through its local vendor Beximco Pharma.