The mass vaccination against Covid-19 resumes today across the country on a large scale with Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines as Bangladesh is going to get 4.5 million doses of jabs from different sources soon.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the Sinopharm vaccine will be administered throughout the country while the Pfizer-BioNTech one only in the capital in this phase.Meanwhile, the administering of the 2nd dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is still going on a small scale.
“The vaccination against Covid-19 will resume across the country tomorrow (Thursday),” Dr Md Shamsul Haque, line director of the DGHS, said while speaking at a health bulletin on Wednesday.
He said the online registration for vaccination reopened on Wednesday as no one will get the vaccine without registration and confirmation via SMS.
The government halted the online registration process from May 5 due to the shortage of vaccines. A total of 7,248,829 people had registered online for vaccine since January 27.
Shamsul said the Sinopharm vaccine will be administered at 40 centres at government medical colleges, district hospitals and general hospitals across the country, including Dhaka, as first dose.
He said the vaccination will run from 8:00am to 3:00pm every day except holidays. “The inoculation will continue even during the countrywide lockdown. The vaccine seekers have to carry vaccine cards to receive vaccine at their respective centres,” he said.The DGHS official said people who have already registered for vaccination but have not yet received the vaccine will get jabs. “At the same time, government health workers, police personnel, students of medical and dental colleges, government nursing and midwifery institutes, MATS and IHTs, resident students of public universities and outbound workers will get the vaccines on a priority basis.
Shamsul said the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be administered in seven centres in Dhaka -- Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital and Mitford Hospital, Mugda Medical College Hospital, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute & Hospital, Kurmitola General Hospital and Shaheed Suhrwardy Medical College Hospital. “Outbound migrant workers will receive the Pfizer jab as per the list prepared by the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training. People who have already registered for vaccine under the seven centres will also get this vaccine,” he said.
Bangladeshi expatriates who cannot enter some countries, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, without taking Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, will receive the doses, Shamsul said, adding that university students will be inoculated based on the list sent by the University Grants Commission (UGC).