About 1.83 lakh more receive vaccine

Staff Correspondent

24 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The number of Covid-19 vaccine recipients has been increasing day by day across the country, including in Dhaka, as around 1.83 lakh more people received the vaccine on Tuesday.

According to data of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 1,82,896 more people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country on Tuesday.

Of the total vaccine recipients, 1,15,318 were males and 67,578 females, it said adding only 21 reported side effects.

With this, a total of 24,91,053 people have so far have received the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine against the coronavirus in the country.

Of the vaccine recipients, 16,34,073 were males and 8,57,020 were females. A total of 630 vaccine recipients have so far reported side effects, the DGHS said.

The DGHS said 7,21,019 people received vaccine in Dhaka division, including 3,35,190 in the capital, 1,11,524 in Mymensingh, 5,60,153 in Chattogram, 2,81,583 in Rajshahi, 2,30,150 in Rangpur, 2,97,453 in Khulna, 1,20,611 in Barishal and 1,68,560 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.  

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.

The government has taken decision to start giving the second dose of the vaccine from April 7.