On-the-spot registration halted

Over 2 lakh more vaccinated

Staff Correspondent

12 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Amid a mad rush of vaccine seekers to hospitals, the government has halted the on-the-spot registration process to run the corona vaccination programme smoothly.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said on Thursday that over 10 lakh people have already registered online successfully for the vaccine.

“Our registration system is performing well. That’s why from now on, we will not offer on-the-spot registration for vaccination. Only those, who will come after registration, will be vaccinated.”

He came up with the statement while speaking at a programme at a city hotel. The Directorate General of Family Planning organised the programme with participation of field level officials of four districts.

“If we need to restart the on-spot registration in future, we will let people know. Over four lakh people already have received the first dose of vaccine,” he added.

Zahid Maleque said the vaccination centres faced more rush of on-spot registration seekers than those who came after registration online.

“There is now no option for on-spot registration to avoid crowd and ensure a fair vaccine management,” he said. The hospital sources said a large number of people are rushing to hospitals to receive the vaccine every day.  This mad rush of on-spot registration seekers may hamper the well management of the vaccination programme.

A total of 2,04540 more people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country on Thursday, the fifth day of the countywide vaccination drive.

Of the total vaccine recipients, 140152 were males and 64388 females, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With this, 542309 people have so far been vaccinated in the country.