Around 2.27 lakh more people received corona vaccine across the country on Wednesday as the people’s interest to take the shot is growing day by day.
According to data of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 2,26,755 more people received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country on Wednesday.Of the total vaccine recipients, 1,45,203 were males and 81,552 females, it said adding that only 20 cases of side effects were reported.
With this, a total of 15,86,368 people have so far have received the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine against the coronavirus in the country.
Of the vaccine recipients, 10,68,719 were female and 5,17,649 were female. A total of 510 cases of side effect have so far been reported, the DGHS said.
The DGHS said 4,45,469 people received vaccine in Dhaka division including 213416 in the capital, 71,375 in Mymensingh division, 3,64742 in Chattogram division, 180791 in Rajshahi division, 1,47204 in Rangpur division, 1,81621 in Khulna division, 76,805 in Barishal division and 1,18361 in Sylhet division.
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-line 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.
Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque has reassured that there will be no shortage of vaccines in the country and urged all the countrymen to take the jab without any hesitation.
"Vaccines have been distributed to each centre according to population rate and demand. In some centers, the demand and registration rate were much higher comparatively. Therefore some centres faced shortage of vaccines for a short time, but the vaccine will be sent as per demand on time,” he said.
The health minister came up with the statement while speaking at inaugural function. He inaugurated a mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a Mujib Corner at Dhaka Dental College on Wednesday and laid the foundation stone of an auditorium of the college.
“People who are interested to take the Covid-19 vaccine will get the vaccine once after registering online. If the number of registered vaccine seekers is higher in any vaccine centre then the date of giving vaccine may defer for a while but there will be created no problem of getting the vaccine,” he added.
Zahid Maleque said the country has already 70 lakh vaccine in stock and more 25 lakh vaccine will arrive on February 22. Vaccines will be imported regularly every month. So, there will never be any shortage of vaccines and all of the country will get the jab."
He said already 13 lakh people of the country have received the Oxfrod-AstraZeneca vaccine and around 25 lakh people have registered for the vaccine.
Responding to questions from reporters, the minister said, "The second dose of the vaccine was supposed to be administered after four weeks of the first shot. But the duration has now been extended to eight weeks. We have taken the decision complying with the direction of the WHO.”
He said the age limit for registration for vaccination would be 40 years for the time being. "Initially, the age limit was raised to 55 years. But due to the low number of people interested in registering, the age limit was raised to 40 years. We will not increase it from 40. But it will not be reduced. ”
Talking to reporters at the Bangladesh Secretariat Clinic, health services division secretary Md Abdul Mannan on Wednesday said the second shipment of 5 million doses of vaccine will arrive from Serum Institute of India at the end of this month or in the first week of next month.
Asked whether lifting the 40-year age limit for registration for vaccination would be considered, the secretary said, "We have not considered it yet. We want to continue the vaccination in festive atmosphere until June-July.”
Information Minister Dr Hassan Mahmud received the Covid-19 vaccine at the Secretariat Clinic.