The number of Covid-19 vaccine recipients has been increasing day by day across the country, including in Dhaka, as over 2.25 lakh more people received the vaccine on Monday.
According to data of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 2,25,280 more people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country on Monday.Of the total vaccine recipients, 1,39,780 were males and 85,500 females, it said adding only 31 reported side effects.
With this, a total of 23,08,157 people have so far received the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine against the coronavirus in the country.
Of the vaccine recipients, 15,18,715 were males and 7,89,442 were females. A total of 609 vaccine recipients have so far reported side effects, the DGHS said.
The DGHS said 6,58,780 people received vaccine in Dhaka division, including 3,06,183 in the capital, 1,03,336 in Mymensingh, 5,22,445 in Chattogram, 2,62,932 in Rajshahi, 2,14,385 in Rangpur, 2,74,637 in Khulna, 1,12,168 in Barishal and 1,59,474 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.
The second dose of the vaccine earlier was supposed to be administered after four weeks of the first shot. But the duration has now been extended to eight weeks as the health ministry has taken the decision complying with the direction of the World Health Organisation, the ministry sources said.
The age limit for registration for vaccination is now 40 years and it will continue for the time being while earlier the age limit was raised to 55 years.
The front-line fighters, including health care providers of the country, and general people aged 40 and above can also register online for the vaccine.