The pilot Covid-19 vaccination programme started in five hospitals in the capital on Thursday.
Around 541 front liners including healthcare providers received the vaccine at the hospitals:The hospitals are: Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Kurmitola General Hospital (KGH), Mugda Medical College Hospital (MMCH), Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital (KBFGH) and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
The vaccination programme continued from morning to afternoon on the day. The vaccination drive was conducted with Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine, sources at the hospitals said.
According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a total of 198 people including 142 doctors, four nurses, four VIPs and 48 others received vaccine at the BSMMU, 120 people including one VIP, 54 doctors, seven nurses and 58 others in DMCH, 100 people including 50 doctors, 13 nurses and 37 others in KGH, 65 including 12 doctors, 5 nurses and 48 others in MMCH and 58 people including 38 doctors, three nurses and 17 others received the vaccine at KBFGH on the day.
The DGHS said the first vaccine recipients will remain under observation for seven days to see whether they suffer any side effect.
The BSMMU authorities started the programme by vaccinating its Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua at 9:10am.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak received the vaccine dose at the BSMMU vaccination centre at 10:40am.“Some people are raising doubt about efficacy and safety of the vaccine and spreading rumours on social media, but I took the vaccine to encourage people,” Palak told reporters after taking vaccine.
“There’s nothing to worry about the vaccine. I’m feeling completely well after taking the jab,” the state minister said after 10 minutes of taking the vaccine.
Health Services Division Secretary Md Abdul Mannan, Secretary of Ministry of Information Khaja Miah and eminent Economist Wahiduddin Mahmud also took doses of Covid-19 vaccine at the university.
After receiving the vaccine, Abdul Mannan said “I started my activities normally after 20 minutes of taking the vaccine dose when I felt no complication.”
He also requested the country’s people not to pay any heed to any rumor regarding the vaccination.
Some 198 including physicians, teachers, nurses and medical staffs of the BSMMU received vaccine at four booths.
After visiting the BSMMU, DMCH and MMCH vaccination centres, the health minister Zahid Maleque said, “All sorts of rumors about Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been proved false. People are spontaneously interested in getting the corona vaccine. Each vaccine center has got festive look.”
He claimed that no one who received the vaccine felt any complication after receiving the jab.
The health minister also visited CBRN Complex of the DMCH where Covid-19 vaccination campaign was inaugurated at 9:55 am with vaccinating Dr Nurul Sattar Rumi.
Dr Nurul was followed by Dr Ismehan Ashraf, an indoor medical officer of the hospital.
K M Khalid, State Minister for Ministry of Cultural Affairs also received coronavirus vaccine at the DMCH.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme, which will formally begin on February 7 all over the country, on Wednesday afternoon. She opened it through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban.
A total of 26 more front line fighters, including healthcare providers, military and police personnel and journalists, were given the vaccine at the hospital on the first day of pilot vaccination programme .
The government has 7 million doses of Covishield vaccine in stock as it purchased 5 million from the SII and got 2 million from the Indian government as a gift.
Every Covid-19 vaccine recipients will be given second dose or booster of the vaccine after eight weeks.
The health minister said the government has made a priority list to give the vaccine as all front liners will get the vaccine in phases as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).