Mass vaccination resumes today

Staff Correspondent

12 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The mass vaccination with the first dose of vaccines against the fatal coronavirus will resume in the capital and other parts of the country today.

“The mass inoculation against Covid-19 will resume tomorrow (Monday) and we’ve completed all preparations to this end,” said Dr Shamsul Haque, line director (MNC & AH) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in a health bulletin on Sunday.

Sinopharm vaccine will be administered from today and Moderna vaccine from tomorrow, the official added.

He also said that administering the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine will start in districts and upazilas across the country on July 12.

The DGHS official said inoculation with Moderna vaccine will be started in city corporation areas of the country on July 13.

He said Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is being administered to migrant workers in seven hospitals in the capital.

“None can take the vaccine without registration. After completing registration, the vaccine recipients will get SMS to receive the vaccine in their respective vaccine centres.

The expatriates can also take Moderna vaccine from centres in city corporation areas from Monday (July 12) and they don't need to come to Dhaka for the vaccine.

General people can also take the Moderna jab in the city corporation areas, it said.

Shamsul Haque, director of the DGHS, said those who received first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, have to wait more.

"They will get the second dose after the arrival of new AstraZeneca vaccine doses that may reach the country in July or August," he hoped.

Some 45 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines – 25 lakh doses of Moderna vaccine from the USA and 20 lakh Sinopharm jabs from China – arrived in the country on July 2-3.

Bangladesh received the Moderna vaccine under the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) and purchased the Sinopharm vaccine.