A mass vaccination against Covid-19 resumed on a large scale across the country on Thursday with Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh is going to receive 4.5 million doses of Moderna and Sinopharm vaccines by Sunday.According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), administering Sinopharm vaccine started throughout the country while Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination only in the capital in this phase.
The administering of the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been still going on a small scale.
Meanwhile, the online registration for vaccination also reopened on Wednesday as no one would get the vaccine without registration and confirmation via SMS. The DGHS said the Sinopharm vaccine is being administered at 40 centres at government medical colleges, district hospitals and general hospitals across the country, including Dhaka, as first dose.
On the other hand, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is being 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 Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital.
People who have already registered for vaccination but have not yet received the vaccine will get jab Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines, said Nazmul Islam, a spokesperson for the health directorate.
“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,” he said.Mentioning that the outbound migrant workers would receive the Pfizer jab as per the list prepared by the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, the DGHS official said people who have already registered for vaccine under the seven centres would also get this vaccine.
Meanwhile, in video briefing on Thursday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said the country is going to get 45 lakh Sinopharm and Moderna vaccines by Sunday.
He said 12 lakh doses of Moderna vaccines will reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as the first consignment at 11:20pm today. And 11 lakh doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine will reach the airport at 12:30am.
On Saturday, 13 lakh doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines will reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as the first consignment at 8:30pm. And nine lakh doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine will reach the airport at 5:00am, the health minister added.
“After getting these 45 lakh Covid-19 vaccines we can run the vaccination programme in full swing,” he said.
According to the health ministry, Zahid Maleque will receive moderna and Sinopharm vaccines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport tonight.