Around 1.7 lakh more vaccinated

Staff Correspondent

15 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Around 1.7 lakh more people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday as the vaccination has gathered pace across the country.

People thronged vaccination centres in large numbers and they were seen receiving the vaccine with great enthusiasm.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 169,353 people were inoculated throughout the country on Sunday.

Of them, 112,848 were males and 56,505 females, it said, adding that only 32 people reported side effects.

With this, a total of 906,033 people have so far been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the country.

Of the total vaccine recipients, 626,469 were males and 259,564 females.

Only 426 vaccine recipients have so far reported side effects, the DGHS said.

Some 31,160 people were vaccinated on February 7 when the nationwide vaccination began.

The number, however, started to rise gradually and it reached as high as 204,540 on February 11.

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 as it has 7 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in stock.