The nationwide mass vaccination campaign starts today with a target to inoculate 3.2 million people across the country, including the capital, in phases till August 12.
Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), made the announcement at a press conference at the auditorium of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) in the capital on Friday.
Mentioning that the vaccination campaign will run with China’s Sinopharm vaccine, the DGHS chief said they have planned to vaccinate 3.2 million people during the campaign that will run till August 12 in phases.
He said 32,706 vaccinators and 48,459 volunteers will conduct the vaccination campaign simultaneously in 4,600 unions, 1,054 municipalities and 433 wards of city corporations across the country. “The government is expanding the inoculation campaign. As part of that, as many as 3.2 million people will receive the first shot at over 15,000 vaccination centres across the country,” he said.
Mentioning that the vaccination campaign will begin today in all unions, municipalities and city corporations across the country simultaneously, Khurshid Alam said vaccine will be administered in remote and hard-to-reach areas on August 8 and 9.
On the second and third day of the campaign, on August 8 and 9, people can get vaccinated at regular vaccination centres showing their NIDs and at dropout union parishad and municipality wards.
And the campaign will be held in city corporation areas on August 7-9.
People aged 25 years and above can get vaccinated by showing their national identity cards on the first day of the campaign today at their respective union parishad, municipality and city corporation.
About fixing the age limit at 25 years and above for the vaccination, the DGHS chief said, "Many 18-year-olds don’t have NIDs. As we’ve reviewed the matter, we won’t be able to handle the chaos that will be created in the field without NIDs if we try to bring 18-year-olds under the vaccination programme.”
He said a lot of different statements about the Covid-19 vaccination have come from various places. “But neither the Health Ministry nor the DGHS is responsible for all of those statements.”
Khurshid Alam said as coronavirus infection has increased in the country, the government has decided to conduct the nationwide mass vaccination campaign from today. Mentioning that the number of people receiving vaccines before Eid-ul-Azha was low, he said they have seen that about 3 million people have been vaccinated in the last 10 days after the health minister announced the campaign. "We thought if we can't campaign in a massive way, how can we cover so many people since we have to vaccinate 80 percent of the population? This can be called a pilot project. We want to test our capability,” he added.