Around 1.82 lakh more people received the vaccine across the country on Wednesday as people are increasingly showing interest to take the shot.
According to data of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 1,81,985 more people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country on Wednesday.Of the total vaccine recipients, 1,12,099 were males and 69,886 females, it said adding only 39 reported side effects.
With this, a total of 26,73,038 people have so far have received the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine against the coronavirus in the country.
Of the vaccine recipients, 17,46,132 were female and 9,26,906 were female. A total of 669 vaccine recipients have so far reported side effects, the DGHS said.
The DGHS said 7,81,759 people received vaccine in Dhaka division including 3,63,047 in the capital, 1,19,384 in Mymensingh, 5,97,227 in Chattogram, 2,99,762 in Rajshahi, 2,46,762 in Rangpur, 3,22,291 in Khulna, 1,29,005 in Barishal and 1,76,848 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 frontline 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.