2nd dose to be given after 8 weeks

Around 2.27 lakh more receive vaccine

Staff Correspondent

16 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Corona vaccine recipients are to take their second dose eight weeks after receipt of the first dose.

Earlier it was declared that the second dose is to be taken four weeks after the first dose.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Director General Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam on Monday said the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine is to be taken eight weeks after first dose, instead of four weeks.

The number of Covid-19 vaccine recipients has been increasing day by day across the country including in Dhaka as around 2.27 lakh more people received the vaccine on Monday.

According to data of DGHS, 2,26,678 more people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country on Monday.

Of the total vaccine recipients, 1,47,155 were males and 79,523 females, it said adding only 29 reported side effects.

With this, a total of 11,32,711 people have so far received the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine against the coronavirus in the country.

Of the vaccine recipients, 7,73,624 were female and 3,59,087 were female. A total of 455 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.

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 70 lakh Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines in stock.

“The initial decision was the second dose would be given 28 days after the first dose. Now the previous decision has been changed. The second dose will be given after 8 to 12 weeks,” he said.

Khurshid Alam said they have changed the timing of the second dose as the National Advisory Committee, World Vaccination Committee and the World Health Organization - all agreed that it would be better if the second dose of the vaccine is given eight weeks later.

Asked about the vaccine recipients those who have already taken the first dose and given time for the second dose, the DGHS chief said "We will inform all of them the next time of receiving second dose via SMS. Our MIS has been instructed in this regard. ”

Earlier, the government changed its decision and said the second jab would be given four weeks after the first dose instead of eight weeks while the government at first had announced that the second dose of vaccine would be given with eight weeks gap.